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State of the Union: Donald Trump Attacks Mueller and Democrats in Divisive Speech
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=31070"><span class="small">Lauren Gambino, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Wednesday, 06 February 2019 09:19

Gambino writes: "Trump's State of the Union remarks were an apparent reference to the investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, into Russian meddling in the US election, plus Democrats' promised oversight investigations into the president's conduct and personal finances."

Democratic female members of Congress cheered after President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night that there were more women in Congress than ever before. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Democratic female members of Congress cheered after President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night that there were more women in Congress than ever before. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


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State of the Union: Donald Trump Attacks Mueller and Democrats in Divisive Speech

By Lauren Gambino, Guardian UK

06 February 19


The president called for bipartisan unity but decried ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ and took hard line on immigration

onald Trump issued sharp warnings to Democrats, including that “ridiculous partisan investigations” would harm economic progress, in comments that clashed with an appeal for unity during his first State of the Union address to a newly divided Congress.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” Trump declared. The presence of Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi on the dais behind him was an acute reminder of the political challenges he faces in the next two years.

Trump’s remarks were an apparent reference to the investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, into Russian meddling in the US election, plus Democrats’ promised oversight investigations into the president’s conduct and personal finances.

In wide-ranging remarks to a joint chamber of Congress on Tuesday night that lasted more than 80 minutes, Trump appealed to two areas of his base supporters by reasserting his vow to build a wall on the southern US border with Mexico, and urging lawmakers to ban late-term abortions.

He also announced that he would hold a second summit with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Vietnam on 27 and 28 February. The leaders first met last summer in Singapore.

Trump’s speech came at a critical moment. Halfway into his term, having just suffered serious losses in November’s congressional elections and after prompting the longest government shutdown in US history, Trump had hoped to strike a new tone with his calls on Congress to come together over infrastructure projects and his trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

“Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future,” he said. “The decision is ours to make.”

However, although he avoided any reference to his much-threatened declaration of a national emergency over what he claims to be an immigration crisis on the southern border, Trump again outlined his case for a wall and accused lawmakers of hypocrisy on border security.

During the speech, Trump’s comments careened from dark proclamations about the “lawless state of our southern border” and the “bloodthirsty monsters” who fight for Isis, to sweeter moments, such as praising the optimism of a 10-year-old girl who fought brain cancer, and veterans who helped liberate Europe from Nazism during the second world war.

Trump commanded one of the biggest stages in American politics on Tuesday night but, unlike last year’s address, Capitol Hill was something of a hostile environment.

Pelosi – a formidable adversary who has thwarted his border wall at every turn – sat mostly stone-faced, occasionally scanning the text of his speech. She was joined on the dais by Vice-President Mike Pence, who dutifully applauded the president at each opportunity.

Seated in front of Trump was a record number of female House members, most Democrats and some dressed in white, in homage to the suffragist movement. In the gallery above were two former employees of Trump’s New Jersey golf club, both immigrant women who have gone public about its hiring practices, and the sexual assault survivor who confronted the Republican senator Jeff Flake in an elevator during the fraught confirmation of the conservative supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In a moment of levity, Democratic congresswomen erupted in cheers and applause when Trump said the thriving economy had helped female employment.

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+5 # ddd-rrr 2019-02-06 10:31
Regarding Trump's handlers and speech writers, it does appear (judging from
last night's presidential performance during the State of the Union address),
that one CAN (sometimes...!) actually "put lipstick on a pig",
without its being smeared TOO badly!
 
 
+3 # Anne Frank 2019-02-06 11:40
I just read that polls by CNN and NBC showed about 75 percent of viewers approved of Trump's comments on immigrants. Scary if true.
 
 
-22 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-06 12:04
I watched the speech and came to different conclusions than this author. Trump was conciliatory. He offered compromise on hot issues like the wall. He made a half dozen reference to the need to end the "foolish wars" that have been running for 19 years.

His comments about Mueller's pointless and illegal investigation were right on target. Why should any sane person NOT say Mueller is out of line?

He was especially complimentary to women in the congress, as the photo above shows. When he acknowledged them, someone started the "USA! USA! USA!" chant. I don't know who started it but I hope it was not the democratic women in congress. It was ugly and vile, as this chant always is.


Trump included a lot of standard issue crap. Two of the worst were his ignorant remarks about socialism. But maybe he was anticipating running against Sanders in 2020. It would be good if he thought that. His comments on Venezuela were horrible, as expected but they got applause from Democrats, even Pelosi.


Over all, I think Trump recognized that democrats now control the congress and he has to work with them. He extended lots of offers to work together.


If you only read the lamestream press like the NYT, Wapo, CNN, MSNBC you would not recognize the Trump who spoke last night. He's not angry, insane, lazy, and out of touch. He's actually learning the job. Most of his policies are still bad, but democrats did not show that much better.
 
 
+4 # futhark 2019-02-06 18:55
Donald Trump could quite easily address public suspicions that he is guilty of fiscal misconduct by releasing his tax returns and making his business dealings items of public record. As a public servant, it is not too much to ask that he arrange for these things to be transparent to public scrutiny. If he has done nothing wrong, why does he keep acting like he has so much to hide?
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-02-07 04:57
Trump's offer of cooperation with Congress if they call off its investigations of him was not only blatant but incredibly stupid. One asks immediately what he has to hide. And, Pelosi just recently revealed her determination to stand up to Sir Donald on the infamous border wall and her pledge of non cooperation on the funding of same.
Trump is in for titanic battles as these investigations mature gathering
more and more evidence which may well be used in impeachment proceedings. Trump appears more and more concerned. He should be as his days of reckoning rapidly approach.