people you can make. and some people. everyone has a voice and does your boss your twitter and you could be on the street join the global conversation amount is zero. zero. hello i'm mr and this is the news hour live from doha coming up in the next sixty minutes. all eyes on capitol hill u.s. president donald trump prepares to give his state of the union speech and outline his plans for the year ahead. his speech comes at a time that congress is basically divided especially over
a wall he once built along mexico or. this is an opportunity for trying to justify came foreign policy decisions he's made during his presidency so far. welcome to the news hour we begin in washington d.c. where the u.s. president is used to make his state of the union address very shortly it's an opportunity for donald trump to set the tone for what he plans to take the country going forward and with less than two years left in his term he'll also off a his assessment on how he's been doing so flaw key issues to watch for u.s. troops in syria afghanistan and iraq the ongoing war of words with iran and the wall he once built along the us mexico border that last issue caused major divisions and progress which led to a shutdown of government for thirty five days the longest ever in u.s. history this is trump's second state of the union address well kimberly how has his
live for us now on capitol hill. kimberly this speech has already been delayed by a week because of this political impasse what's the atmosphere like tonight in congress. that will and we are watching very carefully the president set to appear in the chamber for this joint session of congress very shortly and already it is filled with not only his political allies but his political adversaries so the tone and sort of the tension certainly is there for the president what he will see visibly are a number of female members of congress who are dressed in white kind of a nod to the suffrage movement in the sort of fight for women's equality in the united states but they go so far beyond that there are a number of prominent guests who are in the audience all representative of various issues that members of congress wish to highlight of the democratic side their
representatives guests of those who are emblematic of the fight for gun control for all kinds of issues that are important to democrats but i think what is really important is the president's message and we have had some excerpts from the white house that have been released in terms of the priorities that the president hopes to lay out and try and win over in a very divided congress for his legislative agenda for example on the issue of the sort of the domestic front as you highlighted immigration a key a top priority the president will make sort of try to characterize that this is not an issue of democrats or republicans but for americans. to be going if you're going to the house right now let's have a listen he's greasing members of congress as he makes his way to the stage.
thank you can be president on his expected to address the doubts of contentious issues tonight but there is i believe also as. senate voted earlier about one of those issues. yeah you know we've been talking about how democrats are deeply opposed to the president's policies that they've spent the last two years largely as part of a resistance movement to anything that the president put forward but it's not just democrats just hours before the president is to make this speech in the u.s. senate which is controlled by republicans they passed legislation were buchanan the president's decision to withdraw troops from syria so this is certainly notable given the fact that that surprise announcement december nineteenth by the president that he wanted to withdraw troops that withdrawal already underway now we have the senate saying let's pump the brakes on that this is hasty and now putting in legislation in order to try and slow that process down so this is notable because
the president is going to in the speech and you see him making its way through the chamber there highlights some very key legislative priorities but as he does this members of his own party are openly differing ah and key parts of this foreign policy some other issues that we expect the president discussed with respect to iran we expect that he will say that americans should not avert their eyes from a regime that chants death to america and threatens genocide against the jewish people of course we've also seen the president taking a very strong stance with policy when it comes to venezuela we expect that the president will continue the u.s. push to recognize someone other than the current president in stand saying standing with the venezuelan people a very noble quest for freedom of course the fact that the united states has recognized the interim president the self-appointed president not nicolas maduro ad also we expect from the president something that we heard in the campaign trail and
that is that he believes that the united states should not be fired. what he calls endless wars expect that the president will also be talking about that and you can see here right now as he talks to not only the vice president but also the house speaker nancy pelosi this is a very different congress for this president in his two prior speeches to this body it was all controlled by republicans but now we have a very different dynamic reflecting a very different political rally reality for this president that is that he has to work with a divided congress and you can see nancy pelosi there she is wearing the white of the many women that are wearing that in recognition of the fight for women's equality that they believe is a priority in the united states and we should point out as well you're seeing some members former. members of presidential candidates such as bernie sanders but we're
also seeing members of the president's cabinet and of course members of the supreme court as well all gathered in this chamber to listen to the president has he outlines not just his foreign policy agenda but also his domestic agenda he'll be talking about the need to unite the country over an issue of implies structure and we should point out that this is something he called on for last year in twenty eighteen state of the union speech that priority was clouded by some of the president's own controversies expect that he will make this big to try and win over the divided congress and once again. mr vice president. members of congress. the first lady of the united states and the to attend
. and my fellow americans. we meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential as we begin a new congress i stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all americans millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now gathered in this great chamber hoping that we will govern not as two parties but as one nation allied . with the gender i will lay out this evening is not
a republican agenda or a democrat agenda it's the agenda of the american people many of us have campaigned on the same core promises to defend american jobs and demand fair trade for american workers to rebuild and revitalize our nation's infrastructure. to reduce the price of health care and prescription drugs. to create an immigration system that is safe. lawful modern and secure and to pursue a foreign policy that puts america's interests first so there is a new opportunity in american politics if only we have the courage together to seize it. thal
. victory is not winning for our party. victory is winning for our country alice . to thank this year america will recognize two important anniversaries that show us the majesty of america's mission and the power of american pride in june we mark seventy five years since the start of what general dwight d. eisenhower called the great crew say the allied liberation of europe in world war two.
alan d.-day june six thousand nine hundred forty four. fifteen thousand young american men jump from the sky and sixty thousand more stormed in from the sea to save our civilization from tyranny here with us tonight are three of those incredible heroes private first class joseph riley staff sergeant irving locker and sergeant hermann zite shall lead
want to be a century america saved freedom transform science redefined the middle class. and when you get down to it there's nothing anywhere in the world that can compete with america. i'd do we must step boldly and bravely into the next chapter of this great american adventure and we must create a new standard of living for the twenty first century. an amazing quality of life for all of our citizens is within reach we can make our community safer our family stronger our culture
a richer our faith deeper and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before ally in. thanks but we must reject the politics of revenge resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation compromise and the common good i like . together we can break decades of
political stalemate we can bridge all divisions heal all wounds build new coalitions forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of america's future the decision is ours to make. we must choose between great disorder gridlock results or resistance vision or vengeance incredible progress or pointless destruction. tonight i ask you to choose greatness had cause.
over the last two years my administration has moved with urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades in just over two years since the election we have a launch to an unprecedented economic boom a boom that has rarely been seen before there's been nothing like it we have created five point three million new jobs and importantly added six hundred thousand new manufacturing jobs something which almost everyone said was impossible to do but the fact is we are just getting started to. get top. wages are
rising at the fastest pace in decades and growing for blue collar workers who i promise to fight for. they're growing faster than anyone else thought possible nearly five million americans have been lifted off food stamps to italia and thanks the u.s. economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when i took office. and we are considered far away the hottest economy anywhere in the world not even close. unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half
riedel are working now than it anytime in the history of our country one hundred and fifty seven million people at work. we passed a massive tax cut for working families and doubled the child tax credit. we virtually ended the estate tax. or death tax as it is often called on small businesses for ranchers and also for family farms.
companies are coming back to our country in large numbers thanks to our historic reductions in taxes and regulations. thank you i don't know we have unleashed a revolution in american energy the united states is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world was exe. bigger. and now for the first time in sixty five years we are a net exporter of energy. to go.
and economic miracle is taking place in the united states and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars politics or ridiculous partisan investigations into law. if there is going to be peace and legislation there cannot be war and investigation it just doesn't work that way thanks. we must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad this new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming that more than three hundred highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the senate.
in some cases years and years waiting not right. the senate has failed to act on these nominations which is unfair to the nominees and very unfair to our country now is the time for bipartisan action believe it or not we have already proven that that's possible in the last congress both parties came together to pass unprecedented legislation to confront the opioid crisis a sweeping new farm bill historic v.a.
reforms and after four decades of rejection we passed v.a. accountability so that we can finally terminate those who mistreat our wonderful veterans. and just weeks ago both parties united for groundbreaking criminal justice reform they said it couldn't be done. last year i heard through friends the story of alice johnson
i was deeply moved. in one nine hundred ninety seven alice was sentence to life in prison as a first time nonviolent drug offender over the next twenty two years she became a prison minister inspiring others to choose a better path. she had a big impact on that prison population and far beyond alice's story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing and the need to remedy this total in justice she served almost that twenty two years and had expected to be
in prison for the remainder of her life. in june i commuted alice's sense when i saw alice's beautiful family greeter at the prison gates hugging and kissing and crying and laughing i knew i did something right alice is with us tonight and she is a terrific woman. terrific thallus please alan. alan turing to a thank alice thank you for
reminding us that we always have the power to shape our own destiny thank you very much alice thank you alex inspired by stories like alice my administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the first step act into law thank you alice legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the african-american community the first step act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive law abiding citizens
now states across the country are following our lead america is a nation that believes in redemption we are also joined tonight by matthew charles from tennessee. in one nine hundred ninety six at the age of thirty. matthew was sentenced to thirty five years for selling drugs and related offenses over the next two decades he completed more than thirty bible studies became a lot clerk and mentored many of his fellow inmates now matthew is the very first person to be released from prison under the first step act.
alan . i thank you matthew welcome home. thala. now republicans and democrats must join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis congress has ten days left to pass a bill that will fund our government protect our homeland and secure our very dangerous southern border. now is the time for congress to show the world. that america is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless
coyotes cartels drug dealers and human traffickers out of business alan. had i. as we speak large organized caravans are on the march to the united states we have just heard that mexican cities in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is
a little border protection i have ordered another three thousand seven hundred fifty troops to our southern border to prepare for this tremendous onslaught this is a moral issue the lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety security and financial wellbeing of all americans we have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives in jobs of our citizens this includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today who followed the rules and respected our laws. illegal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways.
i want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever but they have to come in legally. tonight i am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country no issue better illustrates the divide between america's working class and america's
political class then illegal immigration wealthy politicians and owners push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards. i like. meanwhile working class americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration. we do still use lower wages overburdened schools hospitals that are so crowded you can't get in increased crime and a depleted social safety net tolerance for illegal
immigration is not compassionate it is actually very cruel. thank you and one in three women is sexually assaulted on the long journey north smugglers use migrant children as human pawns to exploit our laws and gain access to our country human traffickers and sex traffickers take advantage of the wide open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls and women into the united states and to sell them into prostitution and modern day slavery tens of thousands of innocent americans are killed by lethal drugs that cross our border
and flood into our cities including meth heroin cocaine and fenton all the savage gang m.-s. thirteen now operates in at least twenty different american states and they almost all come through our southern border just yesterday m.m.'s thirteen gang member was taken into custody for a fatal shooting on a subway platform in new york city. we are removing these gang members by the thousands but until we secure our border they're going to keep streaming right back in year after year countless americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens i've gotten to know many wonderful angel
moms and dads and families no one should ever have to suffer the horrible heartache that they have had to endure here tonight is debra bessel just three weeks ago deborah's parents gerald and sherif were burglarized and shot to death in their reno nevada home by an illegal alien they were in their eighty's and are survived by four children eleven grandchildren and twenty great grand. also here tonight are gerald and sharon's granddaughter have and great granddaughter madison to deborah had their madison please stand few can understand your pain thank you and thank you for being here
thank you very much. ah i . i will never forget and i will fight for the memory of gerald and share that it should never happened again. not one more american lives should be lost because our nation failed to control its very dangerous border in the last two years our brave ice officers made two hundred and sixty six thousand arrests of criminal allianz including those charged or convicted of nearly one hundred thousand
assaults thirty thousand sex crimes and four thousand killings or murders we are joined tonight by one of those law enforcement heroes ice special agent elven hernandez when eleanor. i . when elvin was a boy he and his family illegally emigrated to the united states from the domenic in republic at the age of eight elven told his dad he wanted to become a special agent today he leads investigations into the score
of international sex trafficking. elven says that if i can make sure these young girls get their justice i've really done my job thanks to his work and that of his incredible colleagues more than three hundred women and girls have been rescued from the har all of this terrible situation. and more than one thousand five hundred sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars.
we will always support the brave men and women of law enforcement and i pledge to you tonight that i will never abolish our heroes from ice thank you. my administration has sent to congress a commonsense proposal to end the crisis on the southern border it includes humanitarian assistance more law enforcement drug detection at our ports closing loopholes that enable child smuggling and plans for a new physical barrier or wall to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry
in the past most of the people in this room voted for a wall but the proper wall never got built i will get it built. this is a smart. strategic see through steel barrier not just a simple concrete wall it will be deployed in the areas identified by the border agents as having the greatest need and these agents will tell you where walls go up illegal crossings go way way down.
i. san diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in our country in response a strong security wall was put in place this powerful barrier almost completely ended illegal cross. the border city of el paso texas used to have extremely high rates of violent crime one of the highest in the entire country and considered one of our nation's most dangerous cities now immediately upon its building with a powerful barrier in place el paso is one of the safest
cities in our country simply put walls work at walls save lives. so let's work together compromise and reach a deal that will truly make america safer. as we work to defend our people safety we must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace no one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women who have filled fifty eight percent of the newly created jobs last year.
. know who you out you well or you well you were the you know the you old. boy. that's great i don't really write and congratulations that's great as part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere this thursday we're launching the first ever government while . initiative focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries to build on. the issue build a ninth critical economic success one priority is paramount
reversing decades of calamitous trade policies so bad we are now making it clear to china. that after years of targeting our industries and stealing our intellectual property the theft of american jobs and wealth has come to an end thank. goodness . therefore we recently impose tariffs on two hundred fifty billion dollars of chinese goods and now our treasury is receiving billions and billions of dollars but i don't blame china for taking advantage of us i blame our leaders. and
representatives for allowing this travesty to happen i have great respect for president xi and we are now working on a new trade deal with china but it must include real structural change to end unfair trade practices reduce our chronic trade deficit and protect american jobs. i like . another historic trade blunder was the catastrophe known as nafta. i have met the men and women of michigan ohio pennsylvania indiana new hampshire and many other states whose dreams were shattered by the signing of nafta for years politicians promised them
they would renegotiate for a better deal but no one ever tried until now. our new us mexico canada agreement the u.s. m.c.a. will replace nafta and deliver for american workers like they haven't had delivered to for a long time i hope you can pass the us m.c.a. into law so that we can bring back our manufacturing jobs and even greater numbers expand american agriculture protect intellectual property and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four beautiful or it's made in the usa. alley
to. tonight i am also asking you to pass the united states we simple trade act so that if another country places an unfair tariff on an american product. we can charge them the exact same tariff on the exact same product that they sell to us. both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of america's crumbling infrastructure.
i know that congress is eager to pass an infrastructure bill and i am eager to work with you our legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future this is not an option this is a necessity. the next major priority for may and for all of us should be to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs and to protect patients with preexisting conditions. thala it already is a result of my administration's efforts in two thousand and eighteen drug prices
experienced their single largest decline in forty six years. but we must do more it's unacceptable that americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs often made in the exact same place this is wrong this is unfair and together we will stop it and will stop at famous thank you i can. i am asking congress to pass legislation. that finally takes on the problem of
global free loading and delivers fairness and price transparency for american patients finally thala we should also require drug companies insurance companies and hospitals to disclose real prices to force or competition and bring costs way down thank you al thank you no force in history has done more to advance the human condition than american freedom in recent periods i like
. in recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against hiv and aids scientific breakthroughs have brought a once distant dream within reach my budget will ask democrats and republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the epidemic. in the united states within ten years we have made incredible strides incredible i'd
together we will defeat aids in america and beyond. i die tonight i am also asking you to join me in another fight that all americans can get behind the fight against childhood cancer thank. you i like i'd joining melania in the gallery this evening is a very brave ten year old girl grace the line every birthday. i die
. i grace. every birthday since she was four grace asked her friends to donate to st jude's children's hospital she didn't know that one day she might be a patient herself that's what happened last year grace was diagnosed with brain cancer immediately she began radiation treatment. at the same time she rallied her community and raised more than forty thousand dollars for the fight against cancer .
i'd when grace completed treatment last fall her doctors and nurses cheered they loved her they still love her with tears in their eyes as she hung up a poster that read last day of chemo. i'd've. thank you very much grace you are a great inspiration to everyone in this room think you very much many childhood