Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Twitter reacts to Trump's delayed State of the Union address

Twitter reacts to Trump's delayed State of the Union address

"Somehow or another, Donald Trump just forgot to talk about that".

White House officials said Trump planned to highlight areas where he believes he can work with Democrats, including infrastructure and prescription drug pricing.

In her rebuttal speech, Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia state lawmaker who is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, will slam the shutdown as "a stunt engineered by the president of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values", according to prereleased excerpts.

Trump also seemed to take a shot at special council Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, saying, "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation".

There was much speculation as to what the president's speech might cover.

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"Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country".

Abrams was the first African-American woman to deliver the formal response to a State of the Union, and her appearance marked a stark change for Democrats after the last two Trump speeches. Despite the objections of some advisers, Trump announced in December that he was withdrawing US forces in Syria. "And it builds on what Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1968 when he stated that, 'This country has socialism for the rich, and rugged individualism for the poor.' It builds on the success of many other countries around the world that have done a far better job than we have in protecting the needs of their working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor". And several senators running for president were also in the audience, including Sens. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to persuade Abrams, 45, to run for Senate in 2020, sensing the opportunity to flip a Republican-held seat and bolster turnout in Georgia, which could become a presidential battleground. Despite the shutdown, the US economy added a robust 304,000 jobs in January, marking 100 straight months of job growth.

Trump and his top aides have also hinted that he is likely to use the address to announce a major milestone in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. Trump responded, jokingly but with a telling sense of grievance, "They wouldn't do that for me, Judah".

Trump seemed to nearly accidentally create a genuine moment of goodwill and warmth in the chamber when, while listing off the high water marks of the economy, he said women have filled 58% of the new jobs created in the past year.

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