President Trump delivers 2019 State of the Union address
WASHINGTON, D.C. – From pushing for bipartisanship, to discussing his controversial immigration plan, President Donald Trump’s agenda for the future of the United States was strategically laid out before members of congress and the entire nation during his State of the Union address. To start off his speech, President Trump highlighted the importance of both parties coming together to pass what he’s calling “historic legislation.” He also brought attention to how well the economy is doing by specifically highlighting that the unemployment rate has reached its lowest rate in over “half a century.”
The president also addressed the issue of drug prices saying that it’s “unacceptable” that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs He also spent a significant amount of time on foreign trade saying “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.” Trump also discussed the controversial topic of border security and the push for a border wall saying, “We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens.Walls work, walls save lives.”
“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,” said Trump.
Local eastern shore elected leaders are already weighing in across social media after hearing the President’s words on border security. Congressman Andy Harris, a republican, tweeted “I agree and think we should continue to work toward supporting our border, and building a wall to protect national security.” Senator Ben Cardin, a democrat, also weighed in tweeting “Mr. President, seeking asylum at our border is legal.” That divide seen and heard in those tweets is important as both parties work to find solutions to avoid another government shutdown, set to happen on February 15th.
And although the President had many talking points there was one quote that not only stood out, but that is likely to be replayed over and over again as we move further into 2019. He said “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.” That was largely met with silence.