Trump Addresses US Congress - President’s Attempt to Unite Nation Around Common Goals Falls Flat
In other news, Donald Trump delivered his annual address to the US Congress. In his speech, he said that the US will continue to closely follow Iran's activities and threatened China, saying that it must «put an end» to the unfair trade with Washington. However, the main subjects of the address were the construction of a wall at the Mexican border and Washington's withdrawal from the INF, as well as the upcoming meeting with the North Korean leader.
Alexander Khristenko with the details.
Handshakes and standing applause turning into a thunderous ovation. Donald Trump is supposed to receive that according to protocol regardless of how Congress actually treats him. And that's the way it was. Only a few people in the hall had a deadpan look appropriate for their occupation. Supreme Court judges and military officers are obliged to demonstrate neutrality. The latter had their reasons to be sad because of Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria, for instance, and happy — they'll soon get a free hand. Washington is terminating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was signed with Moscow. However, the US President suddenly said that the treaty could be renewed under new conditions.
Donald Trump, President of the United States: «I announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the INF Treaty. Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can’t. In which case we will outspend and out-innovate the rest by far».
Almost the entire speech is in superlatives. America allegedly has the best of everything, be it weapons, the army, or the economy. Trump made it sound like the US single-handedly defeated fascism, defeated ISIS, and the world hasn't yet seen a people as great as the Americans.
Donald Trump, President of the United States: «We represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history».
Such peoples don't fight indefinitely, continued the US President. That's why, after 18 years of battles and casualties, it would be great to decrease the military presence in Afghanistan. The US leader said that the negotiations with the Taliban, which had been previously ruled out by Washington, are already in the works. Trump is convinced that the main obstacle on America's way to greatness is domestic political conflicts, which was apparent during his speech: When the Republicans jumped from their seats to applaud the president the Democrats became distant and didn't show any reaction.
Donald Trump, President of the United States: «An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, and ridiculous partisan investigations».
That was a not-so-subtle hint at Mueller's investigation and Trump's alleged collusion with Moscow. But the ladies in white representing the Democratic Party didn't even flinch. They collectively chose white as a sign of female solidarity and in honor of the suffragettes who managed to achieve voting equality. The First Lady stood out against the white background. Melania Trump picked an explicitly black outfit.
War and Moon landing veterans were invited to attend the event along with active officers of the Immigration Service, which curbs the inflow of illegal migrants as best as they can.
Donald Trump kept saying that they need a wall at the border. Judging by the Democrats' reaction, he didn't convince them. The divide is likely to become even worse. If Congress doesn't agree on the construction of a wall within ten days, America might experience a new shutdown.
Alexander Khristenko and Nikolay Koskin Vesti, Washington, USA