Abrams calls for voting rights in response to Trump's speech

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But, overall, both total employment and manufacturing employment are up since Trump took office in January 2017, and since he signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law in December 2017.

"Democratic socialism means that we must reform a political system in America today which is not only grossly unfair but, in many respects, corrupt", Sanders continued.

For all of Trump's talk about bridging "old divisions" and pursuing bipartisan initiatives, Trump previewed the well-trod themes that will power his 2020 re-election campaign: a hard line on immigration and border security, a deep suspicion of trade deals, and an "America First" foreign policy.

For a reminder of how his party fared in those midterm elections, Trump only had to look at the sea of white outfits worn by Democratic women in attendance on the House floor.

President Donald Trump is using the State of the Union address to make a final push for a wall along the southern US border, just days ahead of what he has warned could be another government shutdown.

A new study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, however, found that the president's rhetoric has been less effective in changing the way Republicans and Democrats view climate change.

"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation", Trump said in a shot at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2017 election.

There was much speculation as to what the president's speech might cover.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared America "will never be a socialist country".

Stacey Abrams harnessed the frustration of Democrats on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump for abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord.

"Just a few weeks ago, I joined volunteers to distribute meals to furloughed federal workers", said Abrams. "In these United States, when times are tough, we can persevere because our friends and neighbors will come for us". And several senators running for president will be in the audience, including Sens.

Trump and his top aides have also hinted that he is likely to use the address to announce a major milestone in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Trump seemed to nearly accidentally create a genuine moment of goodwill and warmth in the chamber when, while listing off the high water marks of the economy, he said women have filled 58% of the new jobs created in the past year. They chanted "USA! USA!" when Trump recognised their achievement.

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