The national debt has ballooned to almost $22 trillion and recently accelerated thanks in large part to Trump's 2017 tax cuts. "Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards".
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) looks at his notes as he watches the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC.
But she was especially stinging when it came to Trump's role in the 35-day partial government shutdown over his demands for a wall at the U.S. -Mexico border. But the president said his outreach to Pyongyang had made the USA safer. Included in her remarks. "It just doesn't work that way".
"Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country", he concluded, to widespread applause.
One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months.
The last two years, Trump addressed a Congress controlled by fellow Republicans.
"To build on our incredible economic success, one priority is paramount: Reversing decades of calamitous trade policies", he will say.
"It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place". The legislation was defeated handily, but the White House's decision not to support a competing plan that would have maintained current immigration rates and offered deportation protections for 1.7 million young undocumented immigrants helped doom it - even though that plan would have provided $25 billion for Trump's wall. "This is wrong, unfair and together we can stop it".
President Trump and Kim's first summit garnered only a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize. Trump said his administration also "has acted decisively to confront the world's leading state sponsor of terror: the radical regime in Iran".
Trump has also announced plans to withdraw the 2,000 US troops from Syria, saying Islamic State has largely been defeated there.
"As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach", he plans to say.
The Republican-led Senate this week broke with Trump on Syria and Afghanistan, passing a largely symbolic resolution that opposed a "precipitous withdrawal", insisting militants in both countries still pose a threat to the U.S.
"Tonight, Donald Trump spoke of "choosing greatness" but there is nothing great about his administration's repeated choices to abandon USA leadership in the global fight against climate change, to eliminate vital protections for public lands and to roll back the clean air and water safeguards that make our communities safe and healthy places to live", said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski, who attended the speech as a guest of New York Congressman Paul Tonko, in a statement.