Washington is reacting to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address that mixed bipartisan themes with familiar rhetoric, ranging from border security to the Russia investigation.
On Tuesday, the president took credit for the growing economy he inherited, and called illegal immigration an “urgent national crisis” that can be fixed with a wall.
That drew a sharp Democratic response from Georgia’s Stacy Abrams, who called the most recent shutdown over border security “a stunt, engineered by the President of the United States.”
Another shutdown, over the same issue, is looming next week. It’ll all come down to whether or not Democrats and Republicans can work out a deal to fund the government, with or without, President Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border.
During his speech, the president pitched ideas on topics that both sides could agree on, including: infrastructure, lowering drug costs and children’s cancer research. But in the same breath, he took a swipe at the Russia investigation, without naming it.
“If there is going to be peace and legislation can’t be war and investigation,” said Mr. Trump.
On trade and foreign policy: the president discussed pulling out of nuclear deals and what he called “endless wars.” He also announced his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un later this month.
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