The US economy hasn’t been this strong in decades. Unemployment is at a 50-year low. And a resurgence in manufacturing jobs is partly driving the revival.
US President Donald Trump doesn’t deserve all the credit here. The US was already in an upswing when he took office. But after two years in the White House his policies, including sweeping corporate tax cuts, have pushed the economy into overdrive…albeit with ever mounting debts.
But, as RAW reports, in his State of the Union address Trump warned all this is at risk due to Democratic attempts at ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ and ‘foolish wars’ both domestically and internationally, which he says could damage US prosperity.
Mexico border wall priority number one
In his address, Trump outlined his own order of political priorities, with support for the US–Mexico border wall at the top end of the list. And the Democrats refusal to approve the border wall funding is likely one of the ‘foolish wars’ Trump believes threatens US integrity.
He labelled illegal immigration as ‘an urgent national crisis’, and urged the Democrats to reconsider their refusal to fund the border project, insisting it was the only solution to the excessive illegal immigration and drug-smuggling occurring over the line.
He could have, right then and there — as many news outlets were predicting — used his ‘national crisis’ calling card by declaring the border wall an emergency. Such a claim would enable the President to bypass Congress and thus the Democrats’ vote of approval, thereby securing the much needed wall fund.
Instead, he urged Democrats and Republicans to find a compromise in just over a week’s time, by 15 February.
Trump said in his speech:
‘Working class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration — reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals that are so crowded you can’t get in, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.
‘Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate — it is actually very cruel.’
With these words he seems to address the Democrats specifically, giving them the chance to rethink their refusal and understand the need for the border wall, rather than just use his influence to overpower them. For, as Trump concludes:
‘Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country.’
Trump removing US from endless wars
But while he didn’t enact the ‘national emergency’ play, Trump did relay a series of warnings in his speech, particularly regarding US involvement in wars abroad, which he believes will negatively impact the US economy.
‘Great nations do not fight endless wars,’ Trump said.
This is in response to his decision to withdraw US troops from the Syrian war zone, despite concerns that this could cause a militancy resurgence.
He also vowed the same commitment to bringing troops home from Afghanistan by reaching a deal with Taliban insurgents after 17 years of fighting.
In terms of negotiation progress, Trump says a trade deal is indeed possible with China if they agree to ‘real structural change’. He also confirmed a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would take place later this month in Vietnam.
Capping off his warning list was Trump’s denouncement of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who the US and now many Latin American and European countries accuse of being an illegitimate leader.
A final call for cooperation
Trump’s address, which was delayed over a month due to the partial government shutdown, quite literally had both sides of the chamber chanting ‘USA! USA!’ at some moments.
One such moment was when Trump congratulated women for filling 58% of the newly created jobs this year.
But one pressing matter was the Democratic-controlled House continuing to scrutinise his administration and personal finances, which Trump says gets in the way of a ‘new era of cooperation’ for Congress.
‘Now is the time for bipartisan action.
‘Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history’
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