Donald Trump praises the U.S. as “stronger than ever.”
The U.S. President made a consistently positive conclusion in his speech on the state of the nation. He did not mention the impeachment proceedings against him.
U.S. President Donald Trump used the speech on the state of the nation in the election year to praise the success of his tenure and warned of a “socialist takeover” in America. “The state of our nation is stronger than ever,” said Trump in the U.S. Congress. In addition to a booming economy, the U.S. military is the most powerful in the world, the borders are safe, the country’s values have been renewed, and pride restored. The motto was “The Great American Comeback”.
Trump delivered the speech shortly before the impeachment process ended, which should end with an acquittal this Wednesday. The Republican did not address the issue directly. The hostility between the political camps was reflected in a gesture by the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Before the speech began, Trump gave Pelosi a copy of his speech but did not shake her outstretched hand. It was not clear whether Trump deliberately turned his back on the democrat immediately. After the speech, Pelosi tore up the manuscript of the speech. During the final applause, clearly visible behind Trump, she picked up several leaves and tore them in two. Pelosi subsequently confirmed that it was the speech manuscript. Tearing it apart was the most polite thing she could have done given the alternatives.
During his 80-minute speech, Trump reiterated his stance on U.S. immigration policy. Migrants should be prevented from crossing the southern U.S. border, and so-called sanctuary cities (refuges) for immigrants are wrong. Pelosi just shook her head. In addition, Trump again promised rapid progress in building the wall on the border with Mexico. More than 160 kilometres have already been completed, and by the beginning of next year it would be more than 800 kilometres, he promised.