tv The State of the Union Address CNN February 5, 2019 11:00pm-1:01am PST
and we're watching the introduction of the members of the trump cabinet. they'll be seated and well-received there. there's the director of national intelligence, matt whitaker. >> there's five of these cabinet officials are acting. they have not been confirmed by the senate. the senate is, of course, under the advise and consent duty, supposed to confirm officials. there's cia director haskell. we saw dan coats just a few seconds ago. there he is to the left. and just a week ago, they talked -- they were saying -- testifying before congress and contradicting the president on a number of national security issues.
talking about how they did not think that north korea would denuclearize. how isis was not defeated. president trump got angry at that. >> certainly did. >> put out a photograph of them on twitter. they said it was fake news, they never said those things. and on cbs, he acknowledged they had disagreements with them and they did disagree. >> the president is about to be introduced. he will be walking down the aisle. we are all very familiar with, mr. speaker, the president of the united states. and he will join nancy pelosi, and the vice president, up on the podium. >> that's right. and it's the first time in the trump presidency, we will hear madam speaker, may i introduce the president of the united states, as opposed to mr. speaker. >> that's right. >> there's mike pompeo. there's a senate seat in kansas, his home state, and he needs to decide if he wants to stay in the job of secretary of state. the president seems to approve of the job he is doing.
or if he wants to run for that senate seat. the president doesn't want him to. but he is contemplating it. >> he went out of there and had a speech. >> there's senator matt romney. >> the former republican presidential nominee. it will be really curious, jake, to see how the interaction goes between the president and the speaker. >> yeah. it is going to be interesting. as opposed to how the president has dealt with other krop congressional leaders, either through intimidation or as the case with leader mcconnell, senate majority leader mcconnell, who believes the future of the republican party and the republican senate is tied to president trump and his successes, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house, does not think that her future and her successes are tied to him. she is not at least, apparently as i can tell, intimidated by him in any way. and he hasn't figured out how to deal with her. >> hold on one second. dana, you're there. i take it you see the president
[ applause ] >> he's about to walk up there, jake, and we're about to see the first interaction with the speaker, nancy pelosi. it will be interesting to watch the body language, what they say to each other. we'll listen very, very carefully. as he was walking down the aisle, a lot of republicans were standing down the aisle to shake the hands. when there was a democratic president, a lot of democrats were waiting along the aisle. >> a lot of the members of the house sit in those seats just so they have the opportunity to shake the hand of the president and be on television at that time. as you noted, it was a tradition during obama and it is a tradition during trump, as well. obviously, different people waiting for those seats.
>> this handshake with the vice president, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house. and now, this event is about to begin. it is historic, jake. let's not kid ourselves. every year when we see a state of the union address, we learn something and it can potentially be significant. >> there's no knowing what the president was going to say. there was a report that he was going to talk about unity. and there was reporting from jim acosta that he wanted to be more aggressive and combative towards democrats. it's a mystery as to what his tone and tenor will be this evening. >> the president will be introduced by the speaker. there will be a round of applause, then, he will begin his remarks. we're told, by the way, it will continue for almost an hour, given all of the applause, the standing ovations that we anticipate, especially from the republicans. >> one thing that will be a challenge for the president, we know he does not like to stick to the teleprompter.
he likes to ad-lib. he likes to riff. in an event like this, it's more difficult to do so, with all of the pomp and circumstance. we'll see how much he deviates from the script. >> he has rehearsed, he has practiced at the white house with a teleprompter. when he goes to a rally, he likes to just ad-lib and speak. this is a much more structured address. >> thank you very much. madam speaker, mr. vice president, members of congress, the first lady of the united states. [ applause ] 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 we will govern not as two parties, but as one nation. [ applause ] the agenda 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. there is a new opportunity in american politics, if only we have the courage together to seize it. victory is not winning for our party.
victory is winning for our country. [ applause ] 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 75 years since the start of what general dwight d. eisenhower called the great crusade. the allied liberation of europe in world war ii.
on d-day, june 6th, 1944, 15,000 young american men jumped from the sky and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea to save our civilization from tyranny. here with us tonight are three of those incredible heroes. private 1st class joseph riley. staff sergeant irving locker. and sergeant herman zeitchik. please. [ applause ]
it, there's nothing anywhere in the world that can compete with america. [ applause ] now 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 21st century. an amazing quality of life for all of our citizens is within reach. we can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before.
[ applause ] but we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good. [ applause ] together, we can break decades of political stalemate. we can bridge old divisions, heal old 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 greatness or gridlock. results or resistance. vision or vengeance. incredible progress or pointless destruction. tonight, i ask you to choose greatness. [ applause ] 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 launched an unprecedented economic boom, a boom that has rarely been seen before. there's been nothing like it. we have created 5.3 million new jobs and, importantly, added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs, something which almost everyone said was impossible to do, but the fact is, we are just getting started. [ applause ] 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 5 million americans have been lifted off food stamps. [ applause ] the u.s. economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when i took office, and we are considered far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world. not even close. unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century.
[ applause ] african-american, hispanic-american, and asian-american unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded. [ applause ] unemployment for americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low. [ applause ] more people are working now than at any time in the history of our country.
obamacare individual mandate penalty. and to give critically ill patients access to life-saving cures, we passed very importantly, right to try. my administration has cut more regulations in a short period of time than any other administration during its entire tenure. companies are coming back to our country in large numbers. thanks to our historic reductions in taxes and
usa! usa! >> that sounds so good. our country is vibrant, and our economy is thriving like never before. on friday, it was announced that we added another 304,000 jobs last month, alone. almost double the number expected. [ applause ] an 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. if there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. it just doesn't work that way. we must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad. this new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the senate. 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. [ applause ] 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 1997, alice was sentenced to life in prison as a first-time
nonviolent drug offender. over the next 22 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 injustice. she served almost that 22 years and had expected to be in prison for the remainder of her life. in june, i commuted alice's sentence.
when i saw alice's beautiful family greet her 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. alice, please. [ applause ] alice, thank you for reminding us that we always have the power to shape our own destiny.
thank you very much, alice. thank you very much. inspired by stories like alice's, my administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the first step act into law. big deal. it's a big deal. this legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the african-american community. the first step act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to re-enter society as productive law-abiding citizens. now states across the country are following our lead.
america is a nation that believes in redemption. we're also joined tonight by matthew charles from tennessee. in 1996, at the age of 30, matthew was sentenced to 35 years for selling drugs and related offenses. over the next two decades, he completed more than 30 bible studies, became a law 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. matthew, please. [ applause ]
thank you, matthew. welcome home. 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. [ applause ] 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 little border protection. i have ordered another 3,750
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 america. we have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens. this includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today who follow the rules and respected our laws. legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways. [ applause ]
i want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally. [ applause ] 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, than illegal immigration. wealthy politicians and donors
push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards. [ applause ] meanwhile, working-class americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration. reduced jobs. 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.
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 ou 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 fentanyl.
the savage gang, ms-13, now operates in at least 20 different american states and they almost all come through our southern border. just yesterday, an ms-13 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 bissell. just three weeks ago, debra's parents, gerald and sharon, were burglarized and shot to death in their reno, nevada, home, by an illegal alien. they were in their 80s and are survived by 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. also here tonight are gerald and sharon's granddaughter, heather, and great-granddaughter, madison. to debra, heather, madison, please stand. few can understand your pain. [ applause ] thank you, and thank you for being here.
thank you very much. i will never forget, and i will fight for the memory of gerald and sharon, that it should never happen again. not one more american life should be lost because our nation failed to control its very dangerous border. in the last two years, our brave i.c.e. officers made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and
4,000 killings or murders. we are joined tonight by one of those law enforcement heroes. i.c.e. special agent elvin hernandez. when elvin -- [ applause ] thank you. when elvin was a boy, he and his family legally immigrated to the united states from the dominican republic. at the age of 8, elvin told his dad he wanted to become a special agent. today, he leads investigations into the scourge of international sex trafficking. elvin 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 300 women and girls have been rescued from the horror of this terrible situation, and more than 1,500 sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars. [ applause ] [ applause ] 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 i.c.e. thank you. my administration has sent to congress a common sense 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. [ applause ] 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. 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 crossings. 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, and walls save lives.
[ applause ] so let's work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make america safe. as we work to defend our people's safety, we must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace. no one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women who have filled 58% of the newly created jobs last year. [ applause ]
usa! usa! >> that's great. really great. 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-wide nation focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries. to build on -- to build on our incredible 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. [ applause ] therefore, we recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion 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. [ applause ] 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 u.s./mexico/canada agreement, the usmca 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 usmca into law so that we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, expand american agriculture, protect intellectual property, and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four beautiful words, made in the usa! [ applause ] tonight, i am also asking you to
pass the united states reciprocal 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. [ applause ] both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of america's crumbling infrastructure. [ applause ] i know that congress is eager to pass an infrastructure bill and i am eager to work with you on 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 me and for all of us should be to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs and to protect patients with pre-existing conditions. [ applause ] already as a result of my administration's efforts, in 2018 drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years. [ applause ]
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 we'll stop it fast. [ applause ] i am asking congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for american patients, finally.
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 hiv epidemic in the united states within ten years. we have made incredible strides. incredible. [ applause ] together, we will defeat aids in america and beyond.
hi, grace. every birthday since she was 4, grace asked her friends to donate to st. jude's children's hospital. she did not 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 40,000 for the fight against cancer. [ applause ]
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." [ applause ] thank you very much, grace. you are a great inspiration to everyone in this room. thank you very much. many childhood cancers have not seen new therapies in decades.
my budget will ask congress for $500 million over the next ten years to fund this critical life-saving research, to help support working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for america's children. [ applause ] i am also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child. [ applause ] there could be no greater
contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. lawmakers in new york cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth. these are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world. and then we had the case of the governor of virginia, where he stated he would execute a baby after birth, to defend the dignity of every person, i am asking congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children
fundamental truth. all children born and unborn are made in the holy image of god, the final part of my agenda is to protect american security. over the last two years, we have begun to fully rebuild the united states military with $700 million last year and $716 billion this year. we are also getting other nations to pay their fair share, finally. [ applause ] for years, the united states was being treated very unfairly by friends of ours.
members of nato. but now we have secured over the last couple of years more than $100 billion of increase in defense spending from or nato allies. they said it couldn't be done. [ applause ] as part of our military buildup, the united states is developing a state of the art missile defense system. under my administration, we will never apologize for advancing america's interests. for example, decades ago, the united states entered into a
treaty with russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capability. while we followed the agreement and the rules to the letter, russia repeatedly violated its terms. it's been going on for many years. that is why i announced that the united states is officially withdrawing from the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty or inf treaty. perhaps -- [ applause ] we really have no choice. perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding china and others. or perhaps we can't, in which case we will outspend and out innovate all others by far.
[ applause ] as part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the korean peninsula. our hostages have come home. nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months. if i had not been elected president of the united states, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with north korea. [ applause ] much work remains to be done, but my relationship with kim
jong-un is a good one. chairman kim and i will meet again on february 27th and 28th in vietnam. [ applause ] two weeks ago, the united states officially recognized the legitimate government of venezuela and its new president, juan guaido. [ applause ] we stand with the venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom and we condemn the brutality of the maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in south america
into a state of abject poverty and despair. [ applause ] here in the united states, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. america was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination, and control. we are born free and we will stay free. [ applause ] tonight, we renew our resolve
that america will informer be a socialist country. [ applause ] one of the most complex set of challenges we face and have for many years is in the middle east. our approach is based on principle realism, not discredited theories that have failed for decades to yield progress. for this reason, my administration recognized the true capital of israel and proudly opened the american embassy in jerusalem. [ applause ]
our brave troops have now been fighting in the middle east for almost 19 years. in afghanistan and iraq, nearly 7,000 american heros have given their lives. more than 52,000 americans have been badly wounded. we have spent more than $7 trillion in fighting wars in the middle east. as a candidate for president, i loudly pledged a new approach. great nations do not fight endless wars.
[ applause ] when i took office, isis controlled more than 20,000 square miles in iraq and syria, just two years ago. today we have liberated virtually all of the territory from the grip of these blood-thirsty monsters. now as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of isis, it is time to give our brave warriors in syria a warm welcome home. i have also accelerated our
negotiations to reach, if possible, a political settlement in afghanistan. the opposing side is also very happy to be negotiating. our troops have fought with unmatched valor, and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a possible political solution to this long and bloody conflict. [ applause ] in afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of afghan groups, including the taliban. as we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to
reduce our troops' presence and focus on counterterrorism. and we will, indeed, focus on counterterrorism. we do not know whether we'll achieve an agreement, but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace. and the other side would like to do the same thing. it's time. [ applause ] above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt, this nation's power and will do defend our people. 18 years ago, violent terrorists attacked the "uss cole" and last
my administration has acted decisively to confront the world's leading state sponsor of terror, the radical regime in iran. it is a radical regime. they do bad, bad things. to ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, i withdrew the united states from the disastrous iran nuclear deal. [ applause ] and last fall we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed by us on a country.
we will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants "death to america" and threatens genocide against the jewish people. [ applause ] we must never ignore the vile poison of anti-semitism or those who spread its venomous creed. with one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs. just months ago, 11 jewish americans were viciously murdered in an anti-semitic attack on the tree of life
synagogue in pittsburgh. s.w.a.t. officer timothy matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer. and he was very successful. timothy has just had his 12th surgery and he's going in for many more, but he made the trip to be here with us tonight. officer matson, please. [ applause ] [ applause ]
thank you. we are forever grateful. thank you very much. tonight, we are also joined by pittsburgh survivor judah samet. he arrived at the synagogue as the massacre began, but not only did judah narrowly escape death last fall, more than seven decades ago, he narrowly survived the nazi concentration camps. today is judah's 81st birthday. [ applause ]
judah says he can still remember the exact moment nearly 75 years ago after ten months in a concentration camp, when he and his family were put on a train and told they were going to another camp. suddenly, the train screeched to a very strong halt. a soldier appeared, judah's family braced for the absolute worst. then his father cried out with joy, it's the americans! it's the americans! [ applause ]
thank you. a second holocaust survivor who is here tonight, joshua coffin was a prisoner at dacau. he remembers seeing a cattle car as the american soldiers rolled in with tanks. to me, joshua recalls, the american soldiers were proof that god exists and they came down from the sky. they came down from heaven. i began this evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on d-day in the second world war. one of them was herman zetich. but there is more to herman's story.
a year after he stormed the beaches of normandy, herman was one of the american soldiers who helped liberate dacau. [ applause ] he was one of the americans who helped rescue joshua from that hell on earth. almost 75 years later, herman and joshua are both together in the gallery tonight, seated side
by side, here in the home of american freedom. herman and joshua, your presence this evening is very much appreciated. thank you very much. [ applause ] thank you. when american soldiers set out underneath the dark skies over the english channel in the early hours of d-day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 and 19, hurtling on fragile landing
craft toward the most momentous battle in the history of war. they did not know if they would survive the hour. they did not know if they would grow old. but they knew that america had to prevail. their cause was this nation and generations yet unborn. why did they do it? they did it for america. they did it for us. everything that has come since, our triumph over communism, our giant leaps of science and discovery, our unrivaled progress towards equality and
justice, all of it is possible thanks to the blood and tears and courage and vision of the americans who came before. think of this capitol, think of this very chamber where lawmakers before you voted to end slavery, to build the railroads and the highways and defeat fascism. to secure civil rights and to face down evil empires. here tonight, we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. you have come from the rocky shores of maine and the volcanic peaks of hawaii, from the snowy woods of wisconsin and the red deserts of arizona, from the green farms of kentucky and the golden beaches of california.
together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history. what will we do with this moment? how will we be remembered? i ask the men and women of this country, look at the opportunities before us. our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. our most exciting journeys still say wait. our biggest victories are still to come. we have not yet begun to dream. we must choose whether we are defined by our differences or whether we dare to transcend them.
we must choose whether we squander our great inheritance, or whether we proudly declare that we are americans. we do the incredible. we defy the impossible. we conquer the unknown. this is the time to reignite the american imagination. this is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star. this is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. this our future, our fate, and our choice to make. i am asking you to choose greatness, no matter the trials
we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together. we must keep america first in our hearts. we must keep freedom alive in our souls. and we must always keep faith in america's destiny. that one nation, under god, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world. thank you. god bless you. and god bless america. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> president of the united states getting a standing ovation there in the house chamber.
some very powerful, moving moments by the president, also some very controversial moments by the president, as well. jake, he wanted to try to get some unity, an appeal for unity in the house and in the senate, democrats and republicans. did he succeed? >> well, he did at times during the speech. obviously, the moments with grace eline, the young girl battling cancer, the moment at the end with the soldier who helped liberate dachau and the old man who had once been a little boy, a prisoner at dachau, obviously, these are wonderful moments, stirring moments. we heard different reports about what kind of speech the president wanted to give tonight. we heard that he was going to give one that was unifying and also heard that he was going to give one that was more combative. and i think ultimately, what they did was try to deliver both. we had a speech that was for the most part unifying, for the most part, a lot of the items that president trump talked about were items that you could have heard a democratic president talk about in a speech when it
comes to infrastructure, when it comes to reducing drug prices, criminal justice reform. but then there were moments of whiplash, where he would talk about things that he knew would sit poorly with democrats, obviously, talking about an onslaught of undocumented immigrants coming in caravans, was going to be something that people were very unhappy with. his discussion of the abortion laws in virginia and new york, and obviously, referring to the intelligence committee and other investigations going on about the russian interference in the election, calling them partisan investigations. those were more combative. so at the end of the day, i think largely, it was the attempt to be unifying, but it was more like a hodgepodge of both unifying and combative. and you saw the results in the chamber. >> yeah, when he said, walls work, walls save lives, and when he went after what he called the ridiculous partisan investigation. >> that's right.
those were obviously some of the moments. the other moment that was really remarkable was looking at a sea of white, all of these women, most of whom are newly elected to the house of representatives, just the image, in the first place, of seeing them over and over again, but then when the president starts talking about his appeal to women, talking about the jobs that he has created, 58% of new jobs created in the last year were women, the democrats who were sitting in the audience, who were some of those new jobs, but not the jobs maybe he intended, because they took the seats of republicans, kind of stole the moment from him and stood up and he had to make a joke about the fact that that wasn't exactly his intention. but then, right afterwards, he did have something that was scripted. a very nice olive branch to the women and applause for the
women, for the accomplishments of the history that they have made. you know, unfortunately for the president and his party, only 13 of the women in the house are republicans. the rest are democrats. >> there are 102 women in the congress, in the house and senate, and -- or is it just the senate? >> in the house. >> 102 women in the house, and of those 102, 13 are republican, 89 are democrats. and to be completely candid, i mean, president trump is responsible for a lot of those house democratic women having their jobs -- >> which is why they owned it. but it was a very nice moment, there's no question about it. and he owned the moment, even though it wasn't how he expected. >> and he said, we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution. anderson, the president is walking out of the house chamber right now. after he leaves, there'll be a
five-minute break before we hear the democratic response. >> that's right. and there are certainly a lot of facts to check, which we'll be doing over the course of the next several hours, and probably season several days. a lot of statements that were made that were viewed as misleading, some outright false, some quite accurate. we'll take a look at those. gloria, what did you hear? >> i heard a lot of history, sort of world war ii history that makes us feel great about ourselves as a nation, and there were quite compelling moments. but in terms of current, what's going on now, the most interesting thing to me was the -- his discussion of immigration. and i'm having a hard time figuring out exactly what hep meant. because while he was talking about the urgent national crisis, which seems to be paving the way for some kind of emergency plan, he -- and the caravans and everything else we've heard, later on in the speech, he did talk about, let's work together toward compromise at some point, and he said that
the wall will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need. in other words, not just a solid wall or slat or whatever, but it seemed to me to be some kind of proposal. i'm not clear on that, but i'm sort of -- >> that certainly seems to -- in an area of compromise, whether you call it a wall or not. >> that is the obvious compromise. and the question is whether he can set himself up to claim victory. he needs a way out of this thing that doesn't burn him with his base. i mean, this language that he used, and this sort of, again, we're back to before the election, you know, the threat of the caravan, this overheated
language, this, this mythology that, you know, there's massive amounts of crime being committed by undocumented immigrants as compared to people who live here, that was for the base. at the end, as gloria suggests, he left an opening that could be a pivot to a solution. >> look, i think this was an incredibly conciliatory speech. this was, this was -- i just looked at the issues that he covered. there's no -- other than the wall, there's not a single -- and the bill on the pro-life bill, for -- which in the face of what democrats are now proposing, which is the virginia governor infanticide, that's a modest thing, and used to be supported by democrats, by the way. there's no red meat for the base -- >> prescription drug benefits, for example. >> that's not red meat for the base. >> not at all. you can go down this list. this was a very much, okay, i'm willing to work here. this was not a republican speech. rick santorum isn't cheering -- i mean, i'm cheering the images and you feel good about it, and i think that was his outreach to america, but particularly to
conservative -- >> what were you cheering, that's what i'm interested in? a lot of the things he said were things you thought he should say before the speech. what is it that you found unacceptable to you as someone in the president's base? >> all i'm saying is, there's synagogue here that have if you look at infrastructure -- >> which he barely touched. >> he barely touched infrastructure. he talks about aids. look, i -- i helped write the global aids proposal in pepfar. so all in. it's not something conservatives are going to be cheering about tomorrow. i'm just saying, if you look at what the president -- the concrete proposals he put forward, there is not a lot of conservative -- there's about nancy pelosi democrats. >> i see it very, very differently. i saw this as a psychotically incoherent speech with cookies and dog pop. he tries to put together in the same speech these warm kind things about humanitarianism and caring about children.
at the same time, he is demonizing people who are immigrants in a way that was appalling. >> demonizing child trafficking -- >> no, no, hold on a second. there were people in that gallery who were children who have been torn away from their mothers at the border. he did not mention them. there were soldiers who were transgender who have been thrown out of the military. he didn't mention them. there are -- there are people who -- there are veterans -- he talked about veterans. there are veterans who he has thrown out of this country who are dreamers. he did not mention them. and he didn't say one positive thing -- listen, there are -- if you want to talk about the people he could have mentioned -- >> so he's supposed to mention everyone you want him to mention. >> if you're going to talk about immigration and talk about undocumented people -- >> and make his case. >> -- no, hold on a second. then talk about the one who
drowned saving people in houston after the storm. talk about the people who have given their lives to this country. you guys see this very differently. you're looking at it from the point of view of -- >> i've got to just toss it to wolf, because we have to set up the democratic response. but we'll come back and continue this discussion. it's an important one. wolf? >> yeah, anderson, the president spoke for about an hour and 20 minutes. jake, we're going to get the democratic response now from the former georgia house minority leader, stacey abrams, who ran and lost. >> it was a very disappointing loss for democrats. they really thought they had a chance of capturing that governor's mansion with stacey abrams. they had a lot of hopes invested in her. barack obama campaigned for her, oprah winfrey campaigned for her. but ultimately, she didn't win, but she still is considered a shining star in the democratic party. people really looking forward to her address. >> and her carefully prepared remarks will be a lot shorter than the president's. here's stacey abrams delivering the democratic response. >> good evening my fellow americans and happy lunar new year. i'm stacey abrams and i'm honored to join the conversation about the state of our union.
growing up, my family went back and forth between lower middle class and working class, yet even when they came home weary and bone tired, my parents found a way to show us all who we could be. my librarian mother taught us to love learning. my father, a shipyard worker, put in overtime and extra shifts, and they made sure we volunteered to help others. later, they both became united methodist ministers, an expression of the faith that guides us. these were our family values. faith, service, education, and responsibility. now, we only had one car, so sometimes my dad had to hitchhike and walk long stretches during the 30-mile trip home from the shipyards. one rainy night, my mom got worried. we piled in the car and went out looking for him, and we eventually found my dad making his way along the road, soaked and shivering in his shirt sleeves. when he got in the car, my mom
asked if he had left his coat at work. he explained that he'd given it to a homeless man he'd met on the highway. when we asked why he'd given away his only jacket, my dad turned to us and said, i knew when i left that man, he'd still be alone, but i could give him my coat, because i knew you were coming for me. our power and strength as americans lives in our hard work and our belief in more. my family understood firsthand that while success is not guaranteed, we live in a nation where opportunity is possible. but we do not succeed alone. in these united states, when times are tough, we can persevere because our friends and neighbors will come for us. our first responders will come for us. it is this mantra, this uncommon grace of community that has driven me to become an attorney, a small business owner, a writer, and most recently, the democratic nominee for governor
of georgia. my reason for running was simple. i love our country and its promise of opportunity for all. and i stand here tonight because i hold fast to my father's credo. together, we are coming for america, for a better america. just a few weeks ago, i joined volunteers to distribute meals to furloughed federal workers. they waited in line for a box of food and a sliver of hope since they hadn't received paychecks in weeks. making livelihoods of our federal workers a pawn for political games is a disgrace. the shutdown was a stunt, engineered by the president of the united states, one that defied every tenant of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values. for seven years, i led the democratic party in the georgia house of representatives. i didn't always agree with the republican speaker or governor, but i understood that our constituents didn't care about
our political parties. they cared about their lives. so when we had to negotiate criminal justice reform or transportation or foster care improvements, the leaders of our state didn't shut down. we came together and we kept our word. it should be no different in our nation's capital. we may come from different sides of the political aisle, but our joint commitment to the ideals of this nation cannot be negotiable. our most urgent work is to realize americans' dreams of today and tomorrow, to carve a path to independence and prosperity that can last a lifetime. children deserve an excellent education from cradle to career. we owe them safe schools and the highest standards, regardless of zip code. yet this white house responds
timidly, while first graders practice active shooter drills and the price of higher education grows ever steeper. from now on, our leaders must be willing to tackle gun safety measures and face the crippling effect of educational loans. to support educators and invest what is necessary to unleash the power of america's greatest minds. in georgia and around the country, people are striving for a middle class where a salary truly equals economic security. but instead, families' hopes are being crushed by republican leadership that ignores real life or just doesn't understand it. under the current administration, far too many hard-working americans are falling behind, living paycheck to paycheck, most without labor unions to protect them from even worse harm. the republican tax bill rigged the system against working people. rather than bringing back jobs,
plants are closing, layoffs are looming, and wages struggle to keep pace with the actual cost of living. we owe more to the millions of everyday folks who keep our economy running, like truck drivers forced to buy their own rigs, farmers caught in a trade war, small business owners in search of capital, and domestic workers serving without labor protections. women and men who could thrive if only they had the support and freedom to do so. we know bipartisanship could craft a 21st century immigration plan, but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart. compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders. president reagan understood this. president obama understood this. americans understand this and the democrats stand ready to effectively secure our ports and borders. but we must all embrace that from agriculture to health care
to entrepreneurship, america is made stronger by the presence of immigrants, not walls. and rather than suing to dismantle the affordable care act as republican attorneys general have, our leaders must protect the progress we've made and commit to expanding health care and lowering cost for everyone. my father has battled prostate cancer for years. to help cover the cost, i found myself sinking deeper into debt, because while you can defer some payments, you can't defer cancer treatment. in this great nation, americans are skipping blood pressure bills, forced to choose between buying medicine or paying rent. maternal mortality rates show that mothers, especially black mothers, risk death to give birth and in 14 states, including my home state, where a majority want it, our leaders refuse to expand medicaid, which could save rural hospitals, save
economies, and save lives. we can do so much more, take action on climate change, defend individual liberties with fair-minded judges. but none of these ambitions are possible without the bedrock guarantee of our right to vote. let's be clear. voter suppression is real. from making it harder to register and stay on the rolls to moving and closing polling places to rejecting lawful ballots, we can no longer ignore these threats to democracy. while i acknowledge the results of the 2018 election here in georgia, i did not and we cannot accept efforts to undermine our right to vote. that's why i started a nonpartisan organization called fair fight to advocate for voting rights. this is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for
our country. we must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be counted is a power grab. americans understand these are the values that our brave men and women in uniform and our veterans risk their lives to defend. the foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections, where voters pick their leaders, not where politicians pick their voters. in this time of division and crisis, we must come together and stand for and with one another. america has stumbled time and again on its quest towards justice and equality. but with each generation, we have revisited our fundamental truth, and where we falter, we make amends. we fought jim crow with the
civil rights act and the voting rights act. yet we continue to confront racism from our past and in our present, which is why we must hold everyone from the highest offices to our own families accountable for racist words and deeds and call racism what it is, wrong. america achieved a measure of reproductive justice in roe v. wade, but we must never forget, it is immoral to allow politicians to harm women and families, to advance a political agenda. we affirmed marriage equality, and yet the lbgtq community remains under attack. so even as i am very disappointed by the president's approach to our problems, i still don't want him to fail. but we need him to tell the truth. and to respect his duties and respect the extraordinary
diversity that defines america. our progress has always been found in the refuge, in the basic instinct of the american experiment, to do right by our people. and with a renewed commitment to we will create a stronger america together. because america wins by fighting for our shared values against all enemies, foreign and domestic. that is who we are, and when we do so, never wavering, the state of our union will always be strong. thank you and may god bless the united states of america. [ applause ] >> the democratic response being given by stacey abrams, former gubernatorial candidate in the state of georgia. i like that one better. >> me, too. a lot better. >> i'll say this, brevity is the soul of wit. >> it was very conversational. i think one of the problems often with these speeches is there is sort of an airless quality to them. they're sitting in a room by themselves. >> or gasping for water or
something. >> like rubio standing there at a podium. speech style was really good. and there she is, essentially saying what the democratic party stands for, right? talking about values. go ahead. >> in terms of what the president said, i'm wondering what you made of it. right before we went to stacey abrams, we had a disagreement from over here on exactly how bipartisan it was. how did you see it? >> i think there are some areas he talks about that we've been talking about for a while that could possibly be bipartisan areas of agreement, paid family leave, infrastructure, prices. i think again the devil is in the details. how do you pay for infrastructure? is it going to be private money? is it going to be money from the government? so i think there were notes in there where democrats can obviously agree. i think one troublesome spot
that he is going to have with a lot of republicans, particularly conservative republicans on immigration is when he says that he wants people to come to our country in the largest numbers ever, and that was an ad lib. that was not in original -- >> that's not the case. >> right. >> it's not his policy. >> anderson, here is the way i see this. it's sort of what i thought would come. first of all, there was a lot of signals to the base. let me tell you what i think they were. first of all, the economy. talking about cutting all the regulations. what they did to cut taxes, the fact that the economy is doing well that was aimed not just at the base, but republicans who don't like some of the things he does, but they feel like, well, the economy is doing okay. when he talked about caravans, the wall and used a lot of rhetoric there, that's right at the base.
>> it will break the fact check machine, some of it. >> when he attacked socialism, we're not socialism. conservative. >> yeah, yeah, he is right about that. i got you. and abortion, that language was geared at the evangelical community, which is one of his strongest bases. but there was an outreach. when he talked about criminal justice reform, he talked about infrastructure, cancer research for children, that was pretty significant, taking on the drug issue. but here's really what it comes down to. for any political leader, whether they're president, governor, executive, you have to compromise. and the question is what is his definition of compromise. it can't be it's my way or you're all a bunch of knuckleheads. >> what do we have to watch? >> let's -- >> one thing to watch is what are the -- are we going to see an end to the ad hominem tweets? >> no, of course not. >> but here's the point. if he says i want to work with you, i want to get along with you, i want to compromise, if those things continue, that takes away from everything he tried to say in a unifying way. do i think he is going to stop doing it? i hope not. would i bet on it? of course not. >> this speech was gas lighting the american people by starting out with this sort of unifying stuff about veterans, et cetera, the presalting of the ground saying it's going to be a unifying speech. he is going to ask for compromise.
so he starts that way, and then he goes into abortion. he goes into immigration. he talks about open borders. no democrat is talking about open borders. >> right. >> you know, he -- it was a divisive speech in the middle, starting with the military and ending with the military. but let me just say one word about the delivery. he had such -- to me, low energy. he is not a great speech giver when he is on a teleprompter. it was not well delivered. stacey abrams, on the other hand, starting with an anecdote about her family, it was totally -- it brought us in immediately. she had energy. she smiled. even when delivering some tough stuff, the contrast between these two was striking. >> i have to speak next. because i'm going to agree with jennifer granholm. >> what? what is happening here! >> this whole unity thing is taking hold here. >> your career is finished. >> i know. i'm just thinking. what did i say? >> this was probably the worst delivered speech i've heard donald trump give.
he ran over his lines. he didn't deliver his punch lines. he would deliver a line and go to the next issue, and i don't think he even realized he was moving on to the next issue. >> there wasn't a paragraph. someone didn't do a good job of breaking his speech so he knew what to do. that was the problem. where i don't agree with jennifer was the president -- you know how many things the president proposed on domestic policy tonight? bill clinton, i would sit through this speech, and it would be an encyclopedia of proposals. stacey abrams in 4 minutes proposed 40 things. in an hour and a half, donald trump proposed eight domestic policies. eight the entire night. and two of those eight were child cancer and aids. so this was not a big speech. this was not a we're going to change everything. this was i've got my targeted things, a couple for the base, a
couple for the other side, and this is what i want to do. >> my heartbreak in this speech was simply this. those beautiful moments where he recognized miss alice johnson, where he recognized the -- you saw a hunger in that crowd, i felt it in myself. people want to come together. people wanted to feel that sense of unity. and then he would go right into something else that would just pull people apart. so when i say -- there is some struggle happening in that building. i don't know if it's happening in his heart, but there is some struggle happening in that building. that's where two completely -- if you could literally take out those positive inspirational moments and nobody could criticize that speech. the parts of that speech that were divisive were so divisive. >> you've been to 18. i've been to 16. i have sat on my hands for a lot of democratic speeches that just -- they were punching me in the nose sitting there in the congress. so don't say that a state of the union speech is not all flowers to try to get everybody to join.
>> i agree about one thing which is the moment with the women. >> was great. >> that was a great moment. >> it was an awesome moment. >> i'm not sure he still gets it, because the irony about it is they all are there because they ran -- >> he didn't get it right away. >> can i just say something on the issue of body language? because, you know, governor, you raise an important point. whatever the words in the speech, and we can argue, and i think there were some unbelievably divisive places there, and some unifying pieces there. the question is what is credible and what is not? what does he believe and what does he not believe? and part of what i noticed was he oriented his body the entire speech toward the republicans. he wasn't speaking to the democrats. he sort of turned himself in that moment that you spoke of, and about with the women, didn't know quite how to deal with it. and on this point of unity and what it takes to compromise and
so on, it was just two days ago that he said people are dying all over the country because of people like nancy pelosi. that's not unifying language. >> let me tell you -- >> she spent most of her time biting her lip. >> she has a good poker face. >> can i just say one thing about divisiveness here that really struck me, and it was on the immigration issue, which we've spoken about. i wonder if it's a theme he is going to strike in 2020, if nothing really significant happens. but he described the divide on immigration in class terms, that it was a division between the working class and america's political class, and started talking about the political class lives behind walls, because they're rich. but the working class are losing jobs. they're getting lower wages, et cetera, et cetera. and to me, of course that's divisive. it's not the way the immigration
debate is being handled by democrats, but i can see this as a 2020 talking point for donald trump. >> that's santorum politics. >> that's exactly right. this is what i was talking about back in 2012 when i talked about the republicans. >> you're so prescient. >> the republicans don't care -- the republicans didn't care. george bush was all for more immigration. why? because he was worried about the business community having enough labor to take care of the needs of the business community, and the democrats didn't care because they just want all the people they can because they're going to vote for them. and the workingmen and women, that's what donald trump tapped into, and he is trying to tap into it here. >> and partially there is a racial component to that, too. if you think about where immigrants are in some of these inner cities and african-american -- >> that's the appeal. >> divisive appeal. >> whether he really is interested in some compromise. if he's not, we're going to know it very soon. then it will be base politics, and he will double down on the
base and double down on the base. >> you're assuming nancy pelosi is going to give money for a wall. >> well, that's called compromise. >> i agree with you. >> what i'm saying is he is going to have to move. and if he doesn't move. >> so does she. then we go back to the base politics. they'll think they can win on that, david. >> they will. let me say the way i would rephrase what we were just talking about is, there's a what i would call a phony -- where you appeal to the people. you know what i'm not going to blame, big pharma. i'm going to blame the brown people stealing your jobs. now, yes, that can work, but it divides the country, but at the end of the day, it's not a true story. the reason the working people in the country are struggling and the wages are low, you have sectors in almost all of the country that you have