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31 Enero 2018, 11:42 | Bibiana Flor

'America First!': Trump's SOTU Draws Mixed Reaction, Dems' 'Sheer Dismay'

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore started his speech with a to-do list for 2018 which included'a widespread massive removal of Republicans from the House and Senate the likes of which this country has never seen in the 2018 mid-term elections

He wants to end the diversity visa lottery, which provides green cards to people from countries with low immigration levels, many of them in Africa ― some of which he reportedly called "shithole countries".

President Donald Trump vowed the "era of economic surrender is over", but stopped short in his first State of the Union address of naming the targets of his efforts to narrow the U.S.'s ballooning trade deficit.

Trump "was advantaged by inheriting a growing economy", Hoyer said, adding that Democrats were "disappointed by the speech".

The 4.5 million tweets surpass the previous record of 3 million for Trump's first address to the Congress in February 2017, which wasn't technically a State of the Union address, since he had been in office for only a month.

And then there's Melania's fashion selection: an all-white Christian Dior pantsuit and Dolce & Gabbana blouse.

For the most part, Trump kept his ambitions in soft focus. His one-hour, 20-minute speech was the longest since Bill Clinton's State of the Union address in 2000.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Trump's wife traveled to the Capital ahead of her husband, in a break with tradition.

Private investment. That's the catch.

"America is a nation of builders".

"This year's speech was notable not just for what the president said, but what he did not say. We will continue to hold the president accountable whenever human rights are under attack".

Republicans led multiple rounds of enthusiastic applause during the speech, but for the opposition party it was a more sombre affair.

Trump will celebrate the U.S. fight against Islamic State, which has cost the militant group 98 percent of its territory in Syria and Iraq, according to Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the international coalition combating the group.

While Republicans cheered throughout, Democrats sat stonily.

It's time for Congress to let us be able to experiment, Trump said. "But it's far bigger than that". A president so often preoccupied with self-adulation shone the spotlight on ordinary citizens. Many Republicans, like me, who are not comfortable with Trump would have been a lot easier to convert if the Trump of tonight's speech was the every day Trump.

A bit later, Trump detoured into an portion of the speech on the pharmaceutical industry, declaring the "injustice" of high U.S. drug prices as one of his "top priorities for the year".

He also spoke with foreboding of catastrophic dangers from abroad, warning that North Korea would "very soon" threaten the U.S. with nuclear-tipped missiles.

What is a central issue when it comes to Trump - is his view that the "American Way" is his way - that "we proudly stand for the national anthem", his dig at the NFL players who have taken a knee to protest not the flag nor the anthem.

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