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    LIVE: President Trump Delivers State of The Union (Spanish Captions)

    President Trump delivers State of the Union. At least two dozen illegal aliens in attendance. A mom whose daughter was killed by MS 13 Gang is in the gallery box with the First Lady, Melania Trump.

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    ***Live Updates*** President Trump Delivers First State of Union Address





    President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address tonight while Americans’ satisfaction with the economy is at a 17-year high, workers are feeling the benefits of the tax cuts, and unemployment numbers for people of color are at all-time lows. Democrats, though, are united in their anger and hate, with left-wing agitators even urging lawmakers to have their “Joe Wilson moment” tonight.


    But the left will not be unified in its message, as at least five Democrats will jump in front of the cameras after Trump finishes speaking to deliver various responses to the party’s many factions. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) will give the party’s official response, and the left is already criticizing the bland Congressman’s selection, arguing that a woman of color should have been chosen to represent the resistance instead of another privileged white guy who inherited his wealth. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), former Congresswoman Donna Edwards, and Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman will all be giving various State of the Union responses. Other Democrats are boycotting the speech.


    Conservatives are wondering what Trump will say on immigration and whether he will ask the nation tonight to support a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million so-called Dreamers—including nearly a million who are not current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.


    Inside the halls of Congress, some Democrats are wearing black to support the “Me Too” movement while other Democrats will have DACA recipients and Dreamers as their guests. The White House has invited families who have lost loved ones to MS-13 to sit with First Lady Melania Trump, again forcing the legacy media intent on sweeping any bad news about illegal immigrants under the rug to cover the issue just like Trump, after meeting in 2015 with families who had loved ones murdered by illegal immigrants, forced the media to cover their stories during the GOP primaries.


    Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates of the address and the reactions to it throughout the evening.

    ALL TIMES EASTERN. Full transcript here. Watch Live:


    Why watch #FakeNews when you can listen to live coverage of #SOTU on #BreitbartNewsTonight on @SiriusXMPatriot Channel 125. Call us after the speech to share your impressions 866-95-PATRIOT https://t.co/kjhqutiVsY@JoelPollak
    — Rebecca Mansour (@RAMansour) January 31, 2018
    10:05 PM:
    Pres pays tribute to Ryan Holets, a 27 year old Albuquerque Police Officer and wife Rebecca. They adopted the infant of a homeless heroin addict who wanted a safe home for her child. "Ryan and Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our Nation." pic.twitter.com/XBbLBCETr1
    — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 31, 2018
    please take time to read the story of Ryan and Rebecca Holets and their baby girl, as well as her birth mother — great reporting from @edlavaCNN: https://t.co/UN6dsL9amk
    — Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) January 31, 2018
    In #WashingtonDC, the Albuquerque police officer who adopted the baby of a homeless woman addicted to heroin. Our story helped get his family an invitation to the State of the Union. https://t.co/QMJu49XwKXpic.twitter.com/q8M2VNVo84
    — ed lavandera (@edlavaCNN) January 30, 2018
    President Trump introduces Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets and his wife, Rebecca. They adopted a baby from a pregnant heroin addict Ryan met on duty. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/7ZnARoP4wZ
    — TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 31, 2018


    10:00 PM: Trump also wants to build a wall, end catch and release, and hire more “heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe.”He wants to end the visa lottery and limit chain migration. Democrats HISS and BOO.

    JUST IN: President's Trump #SOTU speech interrupted with boos in the chamber as the president says “chain migration” allows people to bring in a “virtually unlimited” number of extended family. pic.twitter.com/DGnL2hy4qn
    — NBC News (@NBCNews) January 31, 2018
    End catch and release. #sotu Because immigrants are like fish. #dehumanizing
    — Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) January 31, 2018

    “The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of the American people. It’s time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country,” he said. “The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and the future of America.”

    Democrats boo Trump's criticism of chain migration: "Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives." #SOTU
    — Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) January 31, 2018

    Trump continued: “In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can just no longer afford. It’s time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century. These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system. For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen. Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a bill that puts America first. So let’s come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done.”

    Dems boo @realDonaldTrump when he rolls out his plan to limit chain migration. The WH says the immi plan is a "compromise" bc also gives dreamers a path to citizenship.
    — Kristen Welker (@kwelkernbc) January 31, 2018
    Great, boo that, Dems.
    — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 31, 2018
    When Trump says he wants to end "chain migration" he is really attacking Latino families. He is against "family reunification". His proposal would separate parents from their children. Do you enjoy spending time with your family? Well, immigrants do too, Mr. Trump.
    — JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) January 31, 2018



    9:58 PM: DONNY DACA: TRUMP ASKS AMERICANS TO SUPPORT GENEROUS ‘PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR 1.8 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS’


    Trump: “Over the next few weeks, the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package. In recent months, my Administration has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented the Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise — one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs and must have. Here are the four pillars of our plan: The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age — that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration. Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.”


    9:56 PM: TRUMP: ‘Americans Are Dreamers Too’


    “So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed,” he said. “My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.”


    9:55 PM: Trump Highlights Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crimes:

    “For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans,” he said. Trump continued:

    Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal unaccompanied alien minors and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school. Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy, and Robert: Tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. Please stand, thank you very much. And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain. Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country.
    Highlighting black and Latino couples who are parents of victims of MS-13 immigrant gangs is a smart political stunt. Pro-immigration folks may not like it, but it makes powerful statement — and hard to paint Trump as racist. #SOTU
    — Robert A George (@RobGeorge) January 31, 2018
    Ramos not happy:
    Trump is wrong to criminalize the immigrant community. The vast majority of the 11M undocumented immigrants have NOTHING to do with the gang MS-13. Fact: Immigrants are less likely to be criminals and to end in jail than those born in the U.S.
    — JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) January 31, 2018
    9:47 PM: Yikes:
    Democrats checking their phones as Trump talks about caring for veterans pic.twitter.com/vjOuPlm2lx
    — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 31, 2018
    9:45 PM: Trump on Trade and Infrastructure: “The era of economic surrender is over.”
    “From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and, very importantly, reciprocal. We will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones. And they’ll be good ones. And they’ll be fair,” he said. “And we will protect American workers and American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.” Trump then said, “America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year — isn’t it a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a minor permit approved for the building of a simple road?… Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure that our country desperately needs.”


    “Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit,” he continued. “We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we all love so much.”


    9:42 PM: Trump: Americans Deserve the ‘Right to Try’
    “We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives” he said. “People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the ‘right to try.'”
    There it is: POTUS supports right to try!!!!
    — Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 31, 2018

    9:40 PM: Trump Wants to get ‘Motor City revving its engines once again.’

    “In Detroit, I halted Government mandates that crippled America’s autoworkers — so we can get the Motor City revving its engines once again,” he said.

    9:36 PM: Trump speaks strongly about appointing conservative judges and protecting religious liberty. He says he “will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey.” And he says his administration has “eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.”


    9:33 PM: TRUMP: “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem. Americans love their country. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.”


    9:32 PM: Trump: ‘We All Share ‘The Same Great American Flag’

    Trump: “Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of Nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.
    We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.
    Together, we are rediscovering the American way. In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is ;in God we trust.'”
    President Trump recognizes Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old California boy who started a movement to place flags at the graves of military members https://t.co/y6lwCGkviu #SOTU pic.twitter.com/5VNC11FulT
    — CNN (@CNN) January 31, 2018
    Trump also celebrated “our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support” and honored “Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided all by himself to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston: a job well done.”
    Preston Sharp, who has won acclaim for placing U.S. flags and flowers at the graves of Northern California veterans since 2015, will be one of a number of presidential guests at Trump's speech. https://t.co/Ocn7sQyCtj#SOTU
    — USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 31, 2018


    9:25 PM: Trump touting the benefits of tax cuts: “This is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.”

    He highlights the small-business tax cuts and spotlights “Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing — a small, beautiful business in Ohio. They’ve just finished the best year in their 20-year history. Because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door.”

    “One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is also with us tonight. Corey is an all-American worker. He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder. Like many hardworking Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax‑cut raise into his new home and his two daughters’ education.” Trump said. “Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax-cut bonuses — many of them thousands and thousands of dollars per worker. And it’s getting more–every month, ever week. Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America and hire another 20,000 workers.”

    9:20: TRUMP: ‘The State of the Union is strong because our people are strong.” Hispanic/Black Dems Not Happy With Low Unemployment Numbers for People of Color.

    :So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong. And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America,” Trump said.

    Trump cites 2.4 million jobs created and the lowest rate ever recorded for African-Americans and Hispanics.
    Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) did not seem happy after Trump cited the low unemployment rate for Hispanics.
    .@NancyPelosi is already the loser of #SOTU, as she refuses to stand or applaud for the idea of working together. (Even @SenSchumer clapped.)
    — Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) January 31, 2018
    CBC members react after Trump highlights black unemployment at the lowest EVER pic.twitter.com/3yLwVz6OCU
    — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 31, 2018
    The Congressional Black Caucus just disappointed me. They can at least clap when the President says African-American unemployment is the lowest in recorded history. We should at least be able to celebrate that.
    — Gianno Caldwell (@GiannoCaldwell) January 31, 2018

    9:17 PM: Trump recognizes House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)–“the legend of Louisiana.”

    “With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House — a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months later: the legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise,” Trump said, “We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life, and the lives of many others in this room.”

    Trump continued: “In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.”
    Standing ovation on both sides of the aisle for Congressman Steve Scalise
    — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) January 31, 2018
    LIVE: President Trump recognizes Congressman Steve Scalise in #SOTUhttps://t.co/OszfzvHOya pic.twitter.com/ou1ibmpHUO
    — Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) January 31, 2018
    What a hater:
    Trump talks Steve Scalise being shot but offers no policies to reduce the chances that happens again #StateofOurUnion
    — (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 31, 2018

    9:16 PM: Trump also recognizes firefighter David Dahlberg:
    Incredible story, how @forestservice firefighter David Dahlberg bravely barreled down an access road during a wildfire, saving dozens of children & staff stranded at a ranch camp in CA last July. He's invited to watch @POTUS give #SOTU w/@FLOTUS tonight. https://t.co/bg5Oron9cppic.twitter.com/gK7nE00xHr
    — Sec. Sonny Perdue (@SecretarySonny) January 30, 2018

    9:16 PM: Trump honors Cajun Navy in SOTU address:
    .@realDonaldTrump invites Louisianan Jon Bridgers to tomorrow night’s State of the Union address to rep ‘Cajun Navy’ volunteer rescuers. pic.twitter.com/1y0tPXGJ2e
    — Bryn Stole (@brynstole) January 29, 2018
    Honored and humbled to be at the State of the Union tonight with @RepKevinBrady – representing all of Texas and America! God bless! pic.twitter.com/lUrN0ZzbAq
    — MattressMack (@MattressMack) January 31, 2018

    9:15 PM: Trump speaks about the “righteous mission” to “make America great again for all Americans.”

    “Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their dreams. That night, our new Administration had already taken swift action. A new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land,” Trump said. “Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans.”


    9:10 PM:
    WATCH: President Trump enters House chamber following introduction from House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving https://t.co/q18EZAcP0X #SOTUpic.twitter.com/ZtR7OpxevR
    — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
    There are a lot of Democrats who are sitting down as Trump enters and approaches the dias
    — Thomas Burr (@thomaswburr) January 31, 2018
    There are a lot of Democrats who are sitting down as Trump enters and approaches the dias
    — Thomas Burr (@thomaswburr) January 31, 2018

    9:02 PM: TWO TONE-DEAF CHARACTERS:
    MSNBC rountable passes around socks. Anthony Scaramucci saunters in. He gets mic'd up: "People who don't think they have problems in their marriages, I mean, come on."
    — David Uberti (@DavidUberti) January 31, 2018

    9:00 PM: Flake looking comfy and happy:
    Walking through the Capitol to the #SOTU pic.twitter.com/67iRfFvtik
    — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 31, 2018


    8:56 PM:
    Four Supreme Court Justices on hand tonight – CJ Roberts, Kagan, Breyer and Gorsuch
    — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 31, 2018
    Supreme Court Justices are entering the Chamber #SOTU
    — SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. (@SXMPOTUS) January 31, 2018

    8:55 PM: Breitbart’s ace immigration reporter + fashion critic:
    Fashion Notes: First Lady Melania Trump in a suffragist Christian Dior white capri-pant suit with a Dolce & Gabanna silk top and Christian Louboutin stilettos for President Trump's #SOTU address. pic.twitter.com/d3cNZSQX0e
    — John Binder �� (@JxhnBinder) January 31, 2018
    Fashion Notes: First daughter Ivanka Trump wearing this plaid, asymmetrical dress by Oscar de la Renta for President Trump's #SOTUaddress. pic.twitter.com/RQMuNeOS1R
    — John Binder �� (@JxhnBinder) January 31, 2018
    In the House chamber, President Trump’s children Ivanka, Jared, Eric, Don Jr and Tiffany just entered the First Ladies box for the #SOTU. Barron will not be attending, per @presssec.
    — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 31, 2018
    Getting ready for #SOTU ���� pic.twitter.com/qDY9ntMtMd
    — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 31, 2018

    8:50 PM: POTUS departs White House
    Pres. Trump departs the White House for his first State of the Union address. https://t.co/dhUnaaQ6vA #SOTU pic.twitter.com/2jymaeKWJk
    — ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2018
    What a bunch of crap pic.twitter.com/DDzOc8kdpk
    — andrea Kline (@andreathekline) January 30, 2018
    I’m outside the U.S. Capitol where protesters have gathered along the route of President Trump’s motorcade ahead of his first State of the Union address pic.twitter.com/uYa1HAlcnx
    — Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) January 31, 2018
    Protesters are chanting, “hey hey, ho hi, Donald Trump has got to go”
    The crowd roars to life with boos each time a motorcade passes pic.twitter.com/X2owXHZOQ3
    — Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) January 31, 2018


    8:45 PM: Angel Mom Responds:
    .@mamendoza480: "It is not right for our politicians or the liberal media to lie to the American people about what these DACA people are about – they do commit crimes. They don't graduate from high school. They're not all contributing members of society." pic.twitter.com/CFyhyusQ85
    — Fox News (@FoxNews) January 31, 2018


    8:35 PM: Democrats breaking into their salad-bowl factions like they do at DNC gatherings. Al Gore infamously said, “out of one, many.”
    Choose your SOTU response:
    – Official: Rep. Joe Kennedy III
    – Spanish language: VA Del. Elizabeth Guzman
    – Bernie TV: Bernie Sanders
    – BET: Rep. Maxine Waters
    – Working Families Party: Donna Edwards
    — Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) January 30, 2018
    Tuesday night, following the Democratic response to the State of the Union #SOTU, @NowThisNews will livestream the #PeoplesSOTUResponse, featuring 10 powerful activists, introduced by 10 powerful influencers and hosted by @MsPackyetti. pic.twitter.com/eCQm831yqi
    — The People's Response (@peoplerespond) January 30, 2018


    8:25 PM:
    At lunch with TV anchors, Trump joked that the State of the Union would get "better ratings tonight than the Grammys,” per 2 attendees.
    — Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) January 31, 2018
    Tonight we offer a counter to the 2018 State of the Union address by revealing the real State of Black America #StateOfBlackAmerica
    — Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) January 31, 2018


    8:20 PM:
    Melania Trump arrives at the Capitol for the State of the Union — without President Trump via @KateBennett_DC https://t.co/YmlD1tzsmp
    — Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) January 31, 2018
    I will be joined tonight by an honorable group of Americans. Sitting with me are heroes who have served our nation in times of need, families who have suffered at the hands of evil, and citizens who have embraced the American dream. #SOTU
    — Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 30, 2018
    Stormy Daniels (going on Kimmel tonight after Trump's State of the Union) issues a new statement saying she is denying having an affair with Trump not because of a settlement but because “it never happened.”
    She would also like you to follow her on Instagram.
    From @a_cormier_ pic.twitter.com/J11O3WGGz3
    — Tom Namako (@TomNamako) January 30, 2018


    8:15 PM:
    BREAKING: @realDonaldTrump expected to reverse Obama on #GitmoGuantanamo Bay Cuba and keep it open. @marcorubio & @RosLehtinenboth say they support it @WPLGLocal10
    — Ross Palombo (@RossPalombo) January 31, 2018


    8:10 PM:
    White House releases photo of Trump meeting with invited State of the Union guests. pic.twitter.com/HXmJ5QW5Li
    — Mike Dorning (@MikeDorning) January 31, 2018
    Moments ago, The @WhiteHouse released images of President @realDonaldTrump meeting his guests to the #SOTU in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photos by Shealah Craighead) https://t.co/x973pgfVi3pic.twitter.com/T0pg94i8eo
    — Fox News (@FoxNews) January 31, 2018


    8:05 PM: Chris Matthews has written two great books on the Kennedys (Kennedy and Nixon and Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit), and he understands why RFK (many of his supporters ended up being Reagan Democrats) resonated with working-class Americans and minorities. He wondered if Joe Kennedy could do the same and blasted liberal donors for making the party toxic to working-class Americans.

    Matthews, if he’s honest with himself, will likely be disappointed with Joe Kennedy, who is the prototypical SF-NYC-BOS liberal well versed in social justice and “service” platitudes. But look for liberal white reporters from all the “right zip codes” who went to the “right schools” with all the “right people” and who have PhDs in saying “all the right things” that make them sound smart while they are saying absolutely nothing of substance to gush over Kennedy, cheering him on like privileged plodders who saw themselves in Hillary Clinton rooted for Hillary.


    8:00 PM: Joe Kennedy will call Trump a bully in his response: “Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future.”



    7:30 PM: The White House released some excerpts of Trump’s SOTU speech:


    • Together, we are building a SAFE, STRONG, and PROUD America.
    • We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work; we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love.
    • Just as I promised the American People from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history.
    • Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the Middle Class and small businesses.
    • Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker.
    • This is our New American Moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.
    • Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.
    • Americans love their country. And they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.
    • For the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their government.
    • In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.
    • We have ENDED the war on American Energy – and we have ENDED the War on CLEAN COAL. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.
    • America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs and our nation’s wealth.
    • America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year – isn’t it a disgrace that it can now take ten years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?
    • I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.
    • Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American Workers and American Families.
    • So tonight I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens, of every background, color, and creed.
    • As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.
    • Last year I pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the earth. One year later, I’m proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.
    • Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of the past Administrations that got us into this dangerous position.


    Some Excerpts the White House is highlighting on Twitter:
    Excerpt from tonight's #SOTU ⬇️
    Read more: https://t.co/nJF9j414YL pic.twitter.com/a9451WUTab
    — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 30, 2018
    Read more before tonight's #SOTU: https://t.co/nJF9j414YLpic.twitter.com/0NFvyjysbJ
    — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 30, 2018


    Dr. Ben and Candy Carson:
    Tonight @realDonaldTrump readies to deliver the #SOTU, Please take the time to pray that God gives him guidance and that as a nation we can continue to come together for a better #Americapic.twitter.com/MYjYk85tid
    — Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) January 31, 2018

    Perdue Designated Survivor: Why not the HUD Secretary?
    WH says @SecretarySonny is tonight's "designated survivor." As Ag Secretary, he is 9th in the presidential line of succession. He will spend the evening at an undisclosed location under @SecretService protection in case of a catastrophe at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/rH4KqLnRxn
    — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 30, 2018

    Julian Castro: Trump Will Channel Orwell:
    Trump will channel Orwell tonight. Division is unity.
    Plutocracy is equality. #SOTU
    — Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 31, 2018

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) invited San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Cruz. Look for the media to give her plenty of airtime.
    Getting ready for the #SOTU with Mayor @CarmenYulinCruz who is guest of @SenGillibrand . #PuertoRicoSeLevanta #PuertoRico #twillpic.twitter.com/bRZJIduwj0
    — Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) January 30, 2018


    Amnesty advocates want to ‘take back’ State of the Union with “#StateOfTheDream” hashtag:
    Let's take back #SOTU2018 and use #StateOfTheDream! We need to let Trump know that we wont be tolerating any of his racist anti-immigrant rhetoric tonight or ever! https://t.co/c251Hx01mQ
    — United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) January 31, 2018
    Tonight!
    We will share #StateofTheDream videos at 6pm PST/9pm EST.
    We want to hear from you! Tell us in 60 secs or less why you are #HeretoStay, why you are fighting to protect immigrant youth, and why we need the #DreamActNow ! pic.twitter.com/WXJkmVb5oy
    — Cristina Jimenez (@CrisAlexJimenez) January 30, 2018


    Hillary allies ready to accuse Trump of plagiarizing… Hillary!
    Is Trump going to plagiarize Hillary tonight? https://t.co/2JWf7D59fm
    — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 31, 2018
    Apparently Donald will herald a 'New American Moment' according to excerpts of his State of Union speech. Did he plagiarize the line from a Hillary Clinton speech she gave when Secretary of State, or do his staff just not know how to use Google? https://t.co/oaaMfKmUnWpic.twitter.com/L7nduFWuXE
    — Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) January 30, 2018
    Trump to declare 'New American Moment,' but Hillary Clinton declared one first via @jonallendchttps://t.co/awP9SvopY0
    — Ali Vitali (@alivitali) January 31, 2018


    Democrats will claim Obama deserves credit for Trump’s booming economy.
    Schumer prebuts Trump’s SOTU: “President Trump was handed an already healthy economy by his predecessor. Like many things in his life, he inherited it.”
    — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 30, 2018
    Schumer: Here are two words we won’t hear President Trump say tonight about the economy: Thanks, Obama.
    — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 30, 2018
    If Trump mentions economic success in America during the #SOTU tonight, he should thank former President Barack Obama. #TheBeat #MSNBCpic.twitter.com/U77uqx10B7
    — Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 30, 2018
    The black unemployment rate fell from 16.5% to 7.8% from January 2011 –January 2017. Now it’s 6.8%. Thank President Obama – not @realDonaldTrump. #ThanksObama #AYearofTrump
    — Black Caucus (@OfficialCBC) January 30, 2018


    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) upset that Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) suggested the U.S. Capitol Police arrest “any illegal aliens in attendance.”

    Today, Congressman Paul Gosar contacted the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking they consider checking identification of all attending the State of the Union address and arresting any illegal aliens in attendance.
    — Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) January 30, 2018
    This is why you got forced out of office. https://t.co/XWNdJUoEhC
    — Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) January 30, 2018
    This is why we can’t have nice things… https://t.co/2vLHDFvFgq
    — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 30, 2018
    Inbox: OH Rep. @TimRyan
    will leave his #SOTU seat vacant in honor of those "wrongfully targeted for deportation by ICE"
    — Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) January 30, 2018


    DEMS ALL ABOUT DACA:
    SO stunning and SO brave https://t.co/cuk4QDYYwZ
    — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 30, 2018
    Dems to bring illegal aliens to Trump's #SOTU address. First Lady Melania Trump announces she's bringing the parents of American children who were murdered by MS-13 gang members, as well as an American couple who adopted a baby from parents suffering with opioid addiction.
    — John Binder �� (@JxhnBinder) January 30, 2018
    My #SOTU guest Cesar Montelongo, a Dreamer and future doctor studying at @LoyolaChicago medical school, has arrived for tonight’s speech. pic.twitter.com/QSDAgMOXpm
    — Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 30, 2018
    This threat is a clear attempt to scare our hopeful and determined #Dreamers, but one that will not work. We won’t be silenced. https://t.co/EAWdoOi7LD
    — MichelleLujanGrisham (@RepLujanGrisham) January 30, 2018
    #DREAMers like Ivonne are counting on us to stay focused on the urgent task of finding a bipartisan solution to #ProtectDreamers & I will be working every step of the way to make that happen. pic.twitter.com/o2Ti3UYJiZ
    — Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) January 30, 2018
    Earlier today, I joined House Democrats and the largest group of #DREAMers to attend a #SOTU to discuss the need to #protectDREAMers. The state of our union is better and the future is brighter because of #DREAMers. https://t.co/tGOSQGyIJl pic.twitter.com/s1D6wHCWER
    — Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) January 30, 2018
    Getting ready for the #SOTU with my friend Tony Valdovinos. Hoping he and other Dreamers in the audience tonight remind @realDonaldTrump & the GOP to get to work and get serious about solving the DACA crisis they created. #StateoftheDream pic.twitter.com/4HAy5PZSYX
    — Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) January 30, 2018
    I'm honored that Luis Alcauter will be my guest at the #StateOfTheUnion. Luis is not a statistic, and he is certainly not a bargaining chip. He is a human being who deserves our support. We cannot abandon Luis and all the other Dreamers. pic.twitter.com/fVfnwZjjmq
    — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 30, 2018
    Dalia is a Dreamer and guest for #SOTU w/ @RepLujanGrisham. Dalia recently obtained her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work and is a proud Dreamer from New Mexico. #ProtectDreamerspic.twitter.com/wMT5K1yCF9
    — FWD.us (@FWD_us) January 30, 2018
    The President must see what the real diversity of America looks like. I am honored to host Luis, a #DREAMer and first-generation college student at @CSULB, as my guest at #SOTU. An activist and leader, he represents some of the best of our community. pic.twitter.com/wwz0KR05SA
    — Rep. Alan Lowenthal (@RepLowenthal) January 30, 2018
    My #SOTU guest has arrived!
    Liz is a Dreamer and tech entrepreneur who created a company that has employed over 800 part-time workers! pic.twitter.com/LP2cO0Jrdb
    — Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) January 30, 2018
    Proud to stand with @RepJimmyGomez and these incredible #Dreamers as we get ready for tonight’s #SOTU. #DREAMersAreAmericanspic.twitter.com/6aoDquF2ly
    — Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) January 31, 2018
    It was a windy day in Washington, but that's because change is coming with Denea Joseph — a recent UCLA graduate, an aspiring attorney, and one of 700,000 DACA recipients at risk if Congress fails to act. Tonight, she’s my guest for #SOTU. pic.twitter.com/OdK6IzAQQG
    — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 30, 2018
    CA Dem. Congressman wearing black AND a “migrating butterfly” for Dreamers.
    4/4 – We shouldn’t give Trump a platform without response in my view. I will also be wearing black in support of the Me Too movement, and a migrating butterfly, standing in solidarity with immigrants. pic.twitter.com/MnllHXZ6Gu
    — Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) January 30, 2018

    Lanny Davis Calling for ‘Trump Impeachment Investigation”:
    Under the standards for impeachment set by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, the time for a Trump impeachment investigation has come. 9/
    — Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) January 30, 2018
    “Malignant Narcissism” – the condition describing Trump’s mental incapacity and the need for removal under the 25th Amendment 17/
    — Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) January 30, 2018

    David Axelrod doesn’t agree with the Democrats who are boycotting Trump’s State of the Union address:
    I understand the decision of some members to boycott the SOTU but I don’t agree with it any more than I did when a member disrupted a speech in the House chamber by @BarackObama. The fact that this @POTUSflouts norms and denigrates institutions doesn’t mean others should follow.
    — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 30, 2018
    "This President has a character flaw, he has no good values…I don't know what he's going to say tonight but he won't become Presidential in one speech" – @RepMaxineWaters on why she's boycotting Trump's first #StateOfTheUnion pic.twitter.com/OYm1OsUi1f
    — TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) January 30, 2018

    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is one of the Democrats who is boycotting the speech and she claims that Trump’s presidency is “an assault on our democracy.”
    Reading …. @RepBarbaraLee: The Trump Presidency Is an Assault on Our Democracy https://t.co/VPQVChC0EU
    — Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) January 30, 2018
    Democrats boycotting #SOTU address. pic.twitter.com/BSh3b4h6Pp
    — Fox News (@FoxNews) January 30, 2018

    Minimal Impact on Approval Ratings:
    The last two decades of #SOTU impact on approval ratings via @CNN:
    +1, +3, +1, -2, +2, 0, 0, 0, -2, -4, -2, -4, +1, -2, -1, 0
    — Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) January 30, 2018

    House Democrats dressed in black:
    BLACKOUT: House Democrats pose for a photo, wearing all black in support of the #MeToo movements for the State of the Union address — many with pins saying "Recy", after Recy Taylor an African-American woman who fought for justice after a 1944 rape. https://t.co/5rEQwlz1V8pic.twitter.com/c4kZw6rTVc
    — World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 30, 2018
    Members are wearing black to tonight’s #SOTU to say #TimesUp on sexual harassment. #SOTUBlackout pic.twitter.com/SuQNL4VWf2
    — House Democrats (@HouseDemocrats) January 30, 2018
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    Full Transcript of President Trump’s Prepared SOTU 2018 Remarks


    PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

    Remarks as prepared for delivery by the White House:
    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
    Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:
    Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their dreams. That night, our new Administration had already taken swift action. A new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land.
    Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans.
    Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.
    Each test has forged new American heroes to remind us who we are, and show us what we can be.
    We saw the volunteers of the “Cajun Navy,” racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.
    We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip.
    We heard tales of Americans like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery with Melania. Ashlee was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Through 18 hours of wind and rain, Ashlee braved live power lines and deep water, to help save more than 40 lives. Thank you, Ashlee.
    We heard about Americans like firefighter David Dahlberg. He is here with us too. David faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a California summer camp threatened by wildfires.
    To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, California, and everywhere else — we are with you, we love you, and we will pull through together.
    Some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally. With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House — a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months later: the legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise.
    We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life, and the lives of many others in this room.
    In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.
    Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a frontier, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it.
    So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.
    And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.
    Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.
    Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.
    Small business confidence is at an all-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. That is great news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, and college savings accounts.
    And just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.
    Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.
    To lower tax rates for hardworking Americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. Now, the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free. We also doubled the child tax credit.
    A typical family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000 — slashing their tax bill in half.
    This April will be the last time you ever file under the old broken system — and millions of Americans will have more take-home pay starting next month.
    We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year — forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare — the individual mandate is now gone.
    We slashed the business tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent, so American companies can compete and win against anyone in the world. These changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $4,000.
    Small businesses have also received a massive tax cut, and can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
    Here tonight are Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing — a small business in Ohio. They have just finished the best year in their 20-year history. Because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door.
    One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is also with us tonight. Corey is an all-American worker. He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder. Like many hardworking Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax‑cut raise into his new home and his two daughters’ education. Please join me in congratulating Corey.
    Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses — many of them thousands of dollars per worker. Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.
    This is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.
    So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.
    Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of Nation
    We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.
    Together, we are rediscovering the American way.
    In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is “in God we trust.”
    And we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support.
    Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston: a job well done.
    Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.
    Americans love their country. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.
    For the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their Government.
    Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court Justice, and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country.
    We are defending our Second Amendment, and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.
    And we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions. Last year, the Congress passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act. Since its passage, my Administration has already removed more than 1,500 VA employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve — and we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do.
    I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey.
    All Americans deserve accountability and respect — and that is what we are giving them. So tonight, I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers — and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.
    In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.
    We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.
    In Detroit, I halted Government mandates that crippled America’s autoworkers — so we can get the Motor City revving its engines once again.
    Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States — something we have not seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan; Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up all over the country. This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing — for many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us. But now they are coming back.
    Exciting progress is happening every day.
    To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, last year the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our history.
    We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives.
    People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “right to try.”
    One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. That is why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down.
    America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth.
    The era of economic surrender is over.
    From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal.
    We will work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones.
    And we will protect American workers and American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.
    As we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
    America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year — is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?
    I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.
    Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment we need.
    Every Federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with State and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.
    Any bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process — getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.
    Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.
    We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love.
    We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity.
    As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave.
    As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.
    Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families.
    For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.
    Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors ‑- and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.
    Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy, and Robert: Tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain.
    Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot ever happen again.
    The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged all over the world. But as President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise.
    So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed. My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.
    Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country: Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez — he goes by CJ. CJ served 15 years in the Air Force before becoming an ICE agent and spending the last 15 years fighting gang violence and getting dangerous criminals off our streets. At one point, MS-13 leaders ordered CJ’s murder. But he did not cave to threats or fear. Last May, he commanded an operation to track down gang members on Long Island. His team has arrested nearly 400, including more than 220 from MS-13.
    CJ: Great work. Now let us get the Congress to send you some reinforcements.
    Over the next few weeks, the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package.
    In recent months, my Administration has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented the Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise — one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs.
    Here are the four pillars of our plan:
    The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age — that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration. Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.
    The second pillar fully secures the border. That means building a wall on the Southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the dangerous practice of “catch and release.”
    The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people. It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.
    The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.
    In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.
    It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.
    These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system.
    For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen.
    Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a bill that puts America first. So let us come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done.
    These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction.
    In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.
    My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.
    As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America.
    We see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the Holets family of New Mexico. Ryan Holets is 27 years old, and an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is here tonight with his wife Rebecca. Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.
    In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: “You will do it — because you can.” He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then, he went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope.
    Ryan and Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our Nation. Thank you, and congratulations.
    As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.
    Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values. In confronting these dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defense.
    For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military.
    As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression. Perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.
    Last year, I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth. One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.
    Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck is here tonight. Near Raqqa last November, Justin and his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a mission to clear buildings that ISIS had rigged with explosives so that civilians could return to the city.
    Clearing the second floor of a vital hospital, Kenton Stacy was severely wounded by an explosion. Immediately, Justin bounded into the booby-trapped building and found Kenton in bad shape. He applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway. He then performed CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained artificial respiration through 2 hours of emergency surgery.
    Kenton Stacy would have died if not for Justin’s selfless love for a fellow warrior. Tonight, Kenton is recovering in Texas. Raqqa is liberated. And Justin is wearing his new Bronze Star, with a “V” for “Valor.” Staff Sergeant Peck: All of America salutes you.
    Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.
    In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield — including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.
    So today, I am keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.
    I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down.
    Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.
    Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition. American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year.
    That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.
    As we strengthen friendships around the world, we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries.
    When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.
    I am asking the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.
    My Administration has also imposed tough sanctions on the communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela.
    But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.
    North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.
    We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening.
    Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position.
    We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our allies.
    Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia. On his way to study abroad in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea. At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state. After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June — horribly injured and on the verge of death. He passed away just days after his return.
    Otto’s Parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight — along with Otto’s brother and sister, Austin and Greta. You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires us all. Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with American resolve.
    Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime. His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho.
    In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth. Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians. He had — and he resolved to be free.
    Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death.
    Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most ‑- the truth.
    Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.
    Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.
    It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America. It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. But it was home to an incredible people with a revolutionary idea: that they could rule themselves. That they could chart their own destiny. And that, together, they could light up the world.
    That is what our country has always been about. That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done.
    Atop the dome of this Capitol stands the Statue of Freedom. She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought and lived and died to protect her.
    Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King.
    Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond. And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia.
    And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people.
    A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.
    They work in every trade. They sacrifice to raise a family. They care for our children at home. They defend our flag abroad. They are strong moms and brave kids. They are firefighters, police officers, border agents, medics, and Marines.
    But above all else, they are Americans. And this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them.
    Our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them.
    Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it is the people who are making America great again.
    As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.
    As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.
    Our families will thrive.
    Our people will prosper.
    And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.
    Thank you, and God bless America.
    Matthew 19:26
    But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
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    What's with the Spanish captions? This is America, not Spain............OR MEXICO!
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    Very amazing speech, I would say.
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    That is the key, dirty secret about Trump's "framework"--the chain cuts don't take effect for 5-10-15 years, maybe more (except for modestl cut of "parents" category which is bargaining chip). That means may never happen. Fake reform (link:

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    Pres. Trump: "It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century."The time *is* now but WH plan gives amnesty upfront and makes Americans wait for relief until 2033, if it ever comes. Maybe by 22nd Century.
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    The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age — that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration. Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.
    Nauseating to hear the "brought here by parents at a young age" - same old bs line. The number has doubled with trump and the reality is it includes under a certain age up to a certain time period - NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LIE BROUGHT BY PARENTS. That is the devil in deceit operating to con Americans.

    obama's head is ballooning, trump WILL LEGALIZE HIS UNLAWFUL DACA!

    Wonder @ the "Americans are dreamers too" line - is that equal to Americans are immigrants too? trump forgot the "legal immigrant" part - now trump is blurring the line just like all the immigration activists. Very disappointed in trump; would rather see the Goodlatte bill passed.
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