State Of The Union Dominated By Border Wall And Second Trump-Kim Summit

Reviewing The State Of The Union Donald Trump has revealed he will meet Kim Jong Un in Vietnam for their second nuclear summit on February 27 and 28. Delivering...

Reviewing The State Of The Union

Donald Trump has revealed he will meet Kim Jong Un in Vietnam for their second nuclear summit on February 27 and 28. Delivering his State of the Union speech – which was delayed because of a partial government shutdown – the US president claimed he had helped avert a “major war” between the two countries, saving millions of lives in the process.

Although Trump cautioned that more work needed to be done to achieve peace with the isolated state, he pointed to Pyongyang’s suspension of nuclear testing, accompanied by no new missile launches for 15 months, as proof of progress.

The two men held their first historic summit in Singapore last June – and the president described his relationship with Kim Jong Un as a “good one”. Addressing Democrats and Republicans in Congress, he also insisted a wall will be built on the US-Mexico border to tackle the “urgent national crisis” of illegal immigration.

However, Trump did not outline a new plan or strategy for convincing politicians to approve the necessary funding – and instead urged all sides to “work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe”.

The president has persistently threatened to declare a national emergency if Congress refuses to give him the billions of dollars he is demanding, but notably, this was not mentioned in the speech. Looming over Trump’s address was a fast-approaching deadline to fund the government by February 15 in order to avoid another shutdown.

The president also warned the “economic miracle” in the US could be hampered by “ridiculous partisan investigations” – a pointed reference to the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

Trump described America as “the hottest economy anywhere in the world”, with job growth recorded for 100 consecutive months. Afghanistan was also mentioned in his address, and Trump said his administration has been holding “constructive talks” with several parties, including the Taliban.

The president said further progress in these negotiations could result in the US reducing troops in the country.

Elsewhere in the State of the Union, Mr Trump said he would:

-Seek to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the US within 10 years

-Aim to pass laws to ban late-term abortions “of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb”

-Ask Congress for $500 million funding for research into childhood cancer over the next 10 years

-Suggest a multi-nation arms control agreement could be negotiated to replace the one with Russia he is exiting

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