State of the Union

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Donald Trump before giving the State of the Union speech

On Tuesday, January 30, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union to Congress. It was one of the longest State of the Unions, at one hour, 20 minutes, the 3rd longest in American history.

Trump started off by talking about the economy. Since his election, he claims to have created 2.4 million jobs and enacted the biggest tax cut ever, which is false. Trump talked about immigration reform, highlighting the “four pillars” of his administration’s immigration policy. A path of citizenship for 1.8 million “dreamers”, a fully secured US border, and an immigration system that gives preference to skilled workers, and limiting immigrants joining the country because of family members. The president added that he plans to modernize and rebuilt the nuclear arsenal and criticized the North Korean regime. North Korea’s official newspaper, published a lengthy article stating that in order for world peace, the U.S. must urgently detain Trump. Throughout the speech, Trump mentioned his special guests that included the parents of two teens murdered by the gang MS-13, a North Korean defector, Preston Sharp, who has organized the planting of 40,000 American flags on veterans graves, the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Yemen, and several other real-life heroes and people who have benefited from Trump’s tax cuts. Perhaps one of the largest political topics, the Russia Investigation, was completely avoided by Donald Trump. On Monday, at a speech in Sheffer Corp, Donald Trump called the Democrat’s “less than enthusiastic” response treasonous and “like death and Un-American”. His campaign has even released an ad calling the Democrat’s response treasonous. This comes days after calling for both parties to work together in his State of the Union speech. In a recent meeting between the president and the Pentagon, Trump has wanted a grand military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, with a possible price tag in the millions.

The Democrat’s State of the Union response was delivered by Joe Kennedy III, a representative of Massachusetts. He said that “For them (the Trump administration), dignity isn’t something you’re born with, but something you measure: by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size. Not to mention, the gender of your spouse. The country of your birth. The color of your skin. The god of your prayers.” Kennedy has also denounced Trump’s idea that in order for one group to succeed, others must suffer. He ended his speech with an uplifting image of Americans sticking together to fight for racial justice, natural disasters, and resist Trump. Something along the lines of, “Bullies may land a punch and leave a mark, but they have never defeated the American people.”