tv KRON 4 News Special Report State of the Union KRON February 5, 2019 6:00pm-7:30pm PST
government shutdown... and 10 days before another potential shutdown. the president publicly speculating .... he may declare a national emergency to get $5- billion in funding for his border wall. thank you for joining us tonight.... im pam moore and i'm ken wayne... stick with us tonight... we will carry the state of the union in its entirety right here as well as online. and we'll have political analysis of the speech throughout the evening. this what it looks like.. live inside the capitol rotunda right now... democratic women wore all black last year for the #metoo movement.... this year they are wearing all white... to honor the women's sufferage ratifcation of the 19th amendment almost 100 years ago.
transgender members of the armed forces. at least four democratic members of congress... including san mateo congresswoman jackie speier... have transgender servicemembers to attend. oakland congresswoman barbara lee has invited maria mendoza sanchez.... the east bay nurse who was deported in 20-17... before returning to oakland last december. representative zoe lofgren of san jose, is zoe lofgren of representative december. representative zoe lofgren of san jose, is being accompanied by shaima swileh and ali hassan, the yemeni couple who were separated by trump's travel ban on seven muslim- majority countries. shaima was finally granted a waiver to see her dying baby abdullah. abdullah.her dying baby waiver to see granted a finally
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 color workers who i promised to fight for, they are growing faster than anyone else thought possible. nearly 5 million americans have
[ applause ] african-american, hispanic american, and asian american unemployment have all reached the lowest levels ever recorded. [ applause ] unemployment for americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low. more people are working now than at any time in the history of our country. 157 million people at work.
[ applause ] we passed a massive tax cut for working families and doubled the child tax credit. [ applause ] we virtually ended the estate tax, or death tax as it is often called on small businesses for ranch errors, and family farms. we eliminated the very unpopular obamacare individual mandate penalty.
and to give critically ill patients access to life-saving cures, we passed very importantly right to try. [ applause ] my administration has cut more regulations in a short period of time than any other administration during its entire tenure. [ applause ] companies are coming back to our country in large numbers, thanks to our historic reductions in taxes and regulations. [ applause ] and 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. [ applause ] and now for the first time in 65 years, we are a net exporter of energy. [ applause ] after 24 months of rapid progress, our economy is the envy of the world, our military is the most powerful
[ applause ] [ chanting usa ] >> that sounds so good. the country is thriving like never before, when friday it was announced we added another 304,000 jobs last month alone, almost double the number expected. 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. [ applause ] 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 that more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the senate in some cases, years and years waiting, not right. [ applause ] the senate has
failed to act on the nominations which is unfair to the nominees and very unfair to our country. now is the time for a bipartisan action. believe it or not, we have already proven that that's possible. in the last, both parties came together to pass legislation to confront the opioid crisis, a sweeping new farm bill, historic va reforms, and we passed va accountability so that we can finally terminate those who mistreat our wonderful
non-violent 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 under scores 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 the remaind sentence. when i saw alice's beautiful family, greet her at the prison gates, hugging and kissing and
inspired by stories like alice's, my administration worked closely with members of both parties to sign the first step act into law. a big deal. [ applause ] this legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionally harmed the african-american community. the first step act gives non- violent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive law abiding citizens, america is a nation that believes in redemption. we are 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. [ applause ] 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 coyote, 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 3750 troops to our southern border
to prepare for this tremendous onslaught. this is a moral issue. the law less state of our southern border is a threat to the safety, security and financial well-being of all america. we have a moral duty to create an immigration system that products the lives and jobs of our citizens. this included our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today who followed the rules and respected our laws. this included our obligation to the millions of immigrant living here today who followed the rules i want people to come
into our country in the largest numbers ever but they have to come in legally. [ applause ] tonight i'm 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 illustrate 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 ] mean while, working class americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration, reduce jobs, lower wages, over burden 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. [ applin 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 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, a 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 they are survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great grant children. 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. thank you and thank you for being here. [ applause ]
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 4000 killings, or murders. we are joined tonight by one of
those law enforcement heroes. i.c.e. special agent elvin hernandez. when elvin -- [ applause ] 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 scores of international sex trafficking. elvin says if i can make sure the 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 1500 sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars. [ applause ] we will always orthe 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. [ applause ] 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. [ applause ] 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 as 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 ]
that's 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 initiative focused on economic empowerment more women in developing countries, to build on -- [ applause ] to build an economic success, one priority is paramount, reversing decades of 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 ] there for, we recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion on chinese goods, and the 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 shi, and we working on a great trade deal with china, but it must include real structure change to reduce our
chronic trade deficit, and protect american jobs. [ applause ] thank you. 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./mexican da
agreement, will replace nafta and deliver for american workers, like they haven't had delivered to for a long time. i hope can you pass the usmca into law so we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, expand american agriculture, protect intellectual property, and insure 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. 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 healthcare and prescription drugs, and protect patients with preexisting conditions. [ applause ] already as a 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 -- 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'm 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.
[ applause ] we should require -- to disclose real prices to force competition, and bring costs way down by abdullah. [ applause ] no force in history has done more to advance the human condition than american freedom. in recent years. [ applause ] we've made remarkable progress in the fight against hiv and
aids. scientific break throughs 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. [ applause ] tonight i'm also asking you to join me in another fight that all
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 decade my budget will ask congress -- to help support parents, the time has come to pass
school choice for america's children. i'm 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 of 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 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-terabfeel pain in the mother's womb.
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. [ applause ] finally. finally. 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 our 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 imf treaty. perhaps, 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 out spend 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. much work remains to be done, but my relationship with kim jung unis a good one, chairman kim and i will meet again on
february 27, and 28 in vietnam. [ applause ] two weeks ago, the united states officially recognized the legitimate government of venezuela, and its new president. [ applause ] we stand with the venezuelan people and their noble quest for freedom, and we condemn the brutality of the modaro regime, hoist so longist policies have turned -- socialist policies have turned that nation from the we of south america, to a state
abject poverty and despair. 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. [ chanting usa ] tonight, we renew our resolve that america will never 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 principles re limit. not discredited theories of that have failed. my administration recognizes 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 7000 american heroes 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 ] physician 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 troop presence, and focus on counter terrorism,
and we will indeed focus on counter terrorism. we do not know whether we'll achieve an agreement, but we do know 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 ] >> 18 years ago, the uss cole was attacked and last year,
has acted -- to attack the leading sponsor of -- the regime in iran, it is a radical regime, they do bad, bad things to insure this corrupt dictatorship never acquired nuclear weapons, i withdrew the united states from the disastrous iran nuclear deal. 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 antisemitism or those who spread its venomous -- 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 seven times chasing down the killer, and he was very
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 7 decades ago, he narrowly survived the nazi concentration camps. today is judah's 81st birthday. [ applause ]
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, and his father cried out with joy, it's the americans! it's the americans! [ applause ] thank you. the second holocaust survivor
who is here tonight, joshua kaufman was a prisoner at dacha. he remember looking through a hole of a wall of the a cattle car. he recalls the american soldiers were proof that god exists, and they came from the sky, 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 zichek. but there is more to herman's story. a year after he stormed the beaches of normandy, herman was one of the american soldiers
much appreciated. thank you very much. [ applause ] thank you. when american soldiers set out beneath the dark skies over the english channel in the early hours of d-day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 and 19, hurdling 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 thank to the blood and tears and courage and vision of the americans who came before.
think of this capital, 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 congress, look at the opportunities before us. our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. our most exciting journeys still await. our biggest victories are still to 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 re-ignite the american imagination. this is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sight 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 is 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 ] >> you've been listening live to president trump addressing the house and senate in congress tonight for the state
of the union. a much milder tone speaking for about an hour and a half. >> very long speech, a lot of rhetoric, particularly toward the end, soars aspirational chief, it was designed to be a unifying speech, but he then the a lot of time talk -- you spent a lot of time talking about immigration and the plan to build a wall. the quote was "i will get it done." gentlemen, your impressions of the speech? >> this was an interesting speech. it was schizophrenic in many ways. you have the reagan likerhetoric, the reference to world war ii which is a ronald reagan tactic, but in the middle, you have the long dark passage about immigration, and you had, i think one of the big lines, which is this foolish partisan investigation. he made a reference to that which in many ways is a harken back to the fact that nixon ma