Trump Details Mexico Wall, North Korea Summit and Unity in State of the Union Speech

Donald Trump has used the theme “Choosing Greatness” to call for unity in politics and across the US in his State of the Union address.

Mr Trump repeated calls for political unity that he had made in his previous annual speeches to Congress, while addressing a number of key areas in his speech.

After two years or acrimonious partisanship with the Democrats, Mr Trump made it his central theme to his speech.

“Together, we can break decades of political stalemate,” the US President said.

“We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions.”

Mr Trump said there were a number of areas that could be agreed on, including infrastructure improvements, lowering prescription drug costs and fighting childhood cancer.

“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States,” Mr Trump said.

“The only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”

While calling for unity, the president renewed his call for border security.

He particularly vowed once again to build a border wall on the US-Mexico border, calling illegal immigration an “urgent national crisis.”

However, he did not declare a border emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress to obtain money for the wall.

He told his audience that working class Americans paid the price for illegal immigration.

Another government shutdown is a possibility on 15 February, with a few options to fund a border wall.

Mr Trump also revealed that he would hold a second nuclear summit with North Korea this month.

He said he would meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Vietnam between the 27th and 28th.

The president said he had been responsible for maintaining a good relationship with North Korea.

“If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be a in a major war with North Korea,” Mr Trump said.

“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Ki Jong-Un is a good one.”

Mr Trump and Mr Kim’s meeting last June in Singapore was the first ever between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

There have been plans in the works for a second summit since the historic talks.

Pyongyang has not conducted any atomic or ballistic missile tests since last summer, but it has not yet dismantled its nuclear weapons program.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump said “constructive talks were taking place with the Taliban to resolve conflict in Afghanistan.

“The hour has come to at least try for peace,” he said.

Mr Trump said “virtually all” of the territory occupied in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State group had been liberated.

He said it was time to “give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home,” claiming 7,000 US troops had died and more than US$7tn had been spent on two decades or war in the Middle East.

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” Mr Trump said.

 

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