Stacey Abrams SOTU response: 'Shutdown a stunt by Trump'

Stacey Abrams SOTU response: 'Shutdown a stunt by Trump'

The White House has previewed a similar theme of unity for the president's address, but Abrams' advisers say she wants to lay out a more inclusive vision that spans racial, geographic and cultural divides.

"The president will say the state of the union is strong but the American people know the state of the Trump administration is chaos", he said.

Last month, US officials announced progress on a framework deal under which the USA would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban promises that the country would not be used by terrorists.

More fundamentally, Abrams must represent her entire party with an appeal aimed at both a base desperate to reclaim the White House and a wider swath of less-partisan Americans who are uneasy with the Trump administration.

The New York Democrat added, "From suffragettes to Shirley Chisholm, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the mothers of the movement".

Democrats took control of the House of Representatives during November midterm elections, creating a divided government that makes it much harder for Trump to implement his policy proposals.

"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation", he declared.

With another shutdown looming next week unless Trump can strike a deal with Democrats over his proposed border wall, the president shied away from calling a national emergency to build the wall.

Ms Pelosi, the de facto leader of the Democrats who has refused to grant funds for Trump's wall at the Mexican border, sat relatively still while her political rival addressed Congress.

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Merkel made the comments at an economic forum in Tokyo, one of several stops on her two-day visit to Japan . Mr Juncker and Mr Tusk are also set to meet Mr Varadkar on Wednesday.

"Trump did not wait for the Speaker to introduce him to the Congress, which is the protocol". Trump backed down and accepted a measure reopening the government for three weeks, but negotiations in the interim have made no more progress toward winning money for his wall - and the government could close again on February 15. Yet he also maintained his hard-line stand on immigration, continuing to cast the southern border as a porous and fundamental threat to Americans' economic security and personal safety.

Trump's speech also offered areas of potential bipartisan agreement, such as infrastructure improvements, lowering prescription drug costs and healthcare.

The summit could help break a deadlock in U.S. "But we need him to tell the truth, and to respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines America", Abrams said in a short speech immediately following Trump's address.

The president sought to sharpen some of the lines in the speech, and while aides urged him to congratulate Pelosi on her ascension to the speakership, they were not entirely clear that he would.

The 35-day shutdown, Abrams will say, "defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values".

Trump defended his contentious plans to reduce USA troop levels in Syria and Afghanistan.

About 6 in 10 speech-watchers had a very positive reaction to the President's speech, better than the 48% who reacted that well previous year and around the same as the 57% very positive mark in 2017.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents in the CNN poll said they believe Trump's immigration policies would move the country in the right direction and 31 percent said they would move the country in the wrong direction.