Trump does NOT wait for his CUE from Pelosi to start the State of the Union, but does offer to ‘end years of political stalemate’ IF he gets his way, then slams the Democrats on immigration, demands abortion clampdown and condemns socialism

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address Tuesday night at the US Capitol
He began with a snub to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by starting his speech before she could introduce him
It’s traditional for the speaker to introduce the president before an address to a Joint Session of Congress
Trump called on Congress, including Democrats, to ‘break decades of political stalemate’
The president blasted Democratic lawmakers for opposing his wall on the US-Mexico border
He drew audible groans from lawmakers from the opposing party as he spoke on illegal immigration
Half of Congress was angered when Trump demanded an end to laws permitting late-term abortions
Guests of the president included astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former inmate Alice Johnson, survivors of the Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting, and the family of a couple slain by an undocumented immigrant

By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
DAILYMAIL.COM
6 February 2019

President Donald Trump began Tuesday’s State of the Union address by snubbing the woman who has given him the most heartburn in the past five weeks.

In a speech designed to call for ‘cooperation, compromise and the common good’ instead of partisan bickering and ‘the politics of revenge,’ Trump struck an unlikely chord at a time when disunity holds Washington and the nation captive.

Trump called on Congress, including the Democrats’ new House majority, to ‘break decades of political stalemate’ and put country over party.

He called for a law mandating nationwide paid family leave for new parents, a priority of his daughter Ivanka that drew cheers from both sides of the aisle.

But he angered half of Congress by demanding an end to laws permitting late-term abortions, and stung the far left by condemning trendy socialism.

And he gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, his official host for the annual speech, the cold shoulder.

It’s traditional for the speaker to introduce the president before an address to a Joint Session of Congress. Instead, Trump walked behind the podium and began speaking right away.

A senior House Democratic aide acknowledged Tuesday night that Trump ‘blew through the customary introduction by the speaker.’

But Pelosi brushed off the idea Trump snubbed her.

‘What do you mean? I introduced him,’ Pelosi told reporters as she left the Capitol after the speech. ‘I did introduce him. I said, ‘Members of Congress, I present you the president of the United States.’ There was no snub.’

‘It went quickly, I guess.’

Trump began the evening on a hopeful, bipartisan note.

‘I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans,’ Trump began, describing Americans as ‘hoping that we will govern not as two parties, but as one nation.’

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.’

Minutes later the president blasted lawmakers, mostly those on the left, for opposing his top agenda item – hundreds of miles of steel walls on the southern border.

‘Wealthy politicians and donors,’ he complained, ‘push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.’

Democrats groaned when he referred to a ‘moral duty’ to protect Americans from an ‘onslaught’ of migrants forming a new caravan in Central America and heading north.

He demanded ‘a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry,’ while chastising lawmakers for their unwillingness to comply.

‘In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall. But the proper wall never got built,’ he said. ‘I’ll get it built.’

Pelosi chatted with Vice President Mike Pence, visible to the world behind the man of the hour, rising only to applaud patriotic, nonpartisan lines.

She wasn’t amused to hear the president castigate her party for what’s expected to be two years of aggressive congressional probes into everything from White House security clearances to as-yet unproven links between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian agents.

After his remarks she claimed it ‘will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations’ in his speech.

‘It will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations that @realDonaldTrump made during tonight’s #StateOfTheUnion address,’ she tweeted.

Trump also touched on one of his favorite bete noirs – the investigations against him.

‘An economic miracle is taking place in the United States,’ Trump said, ‘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 can’t be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way,’ he scolded.

But Pelosi and women in her caucus erupted into cheers when Trump pumped up his economic performance by highlighting gains made by females in the U.S. workforce.

‘No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the new jobs created in the last year,’ he said.

Democratic women, most notably the record-breaking newly elected freshmen, leapt to their feet and high-fived each other while Republicans laughed along at the unusual agreement.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat who is among the foes aiming to replace him in 2020, flashed a gamely thumbs-up with both hands.

‘You weren’t supposed to do that!’ Trump joked, patting himself on the back for presiding over ‘more women in the workforce than ever before.’

As the Democratic women began to take their seats, Trump again went off-script.

‘Don’t sit yet. You’re going to like this!’ he said. ‘Exactly one century after the Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in the Congress than ever before.’

Shouts of ‘USA! USA!’ rang out from both sides of the chamber.

Many of the same women recoiled ten minutes later as Trump followed his paid family leave advocacy with a pro-life appeal.

‘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 before birth,’ he said.

‘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 basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.’

‘To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.’

The president also revealed his plan to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un a second time on February 27 and 28, in his bid to kill off the hermit kingdom’s nuclear weapons program.

‘Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months,’ Trump said.

Democrats moaned and signed when Trump claimed that his 2016 election victory was the only thing sparing the United States from a military clash.

‘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 with potentially millions of people killed,’ he claimed.

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