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President Donald J. Trump delivered the annual State of the Union address to Congress on Feb. 5. He gave this speech nearly one week after it was originally supposed to occur; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled the State of the Union, originally scheduled for Jan. 29, following intense partisan battling about the temporarily-ended government shutdown.
Despite the partisan fighting that led to the State of the Union’s delay, all of Congress attended Trump’s speech. Here are four key takeaways from this year’s edition of an important annual event.
The next Trump-Kim summit will happen soon. President Trump announced that, on February 27 and 28, he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam for the follow-up to last June’s initial Trump-Kim summit.
No state of emergency was declared for border wall funding. Although many commentators predicted that President Trump could use the State of the Union to declare a state of emergency to secure funding for his border wall, this did not happen. He can still declare a state of emergency if Congress does not reach a compromise by February 15, when the temporary government reopening expires.
Women filled 58 percent of jobs created in the past year. President Trump’s administration has often been criticized for sexist tendencies. However, not only did his mention of this workforce statistic demonstrate the strides women have made, but it also resulted in many Democratic congresswomen, all wearing white, giving him a standing ovation. But, on that note…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not join this standing ovation. Ocasio-Cortez, arguably the fastest-rising star in the House’s Democratic caucus, made headlines for not standing and applauding with her fellow congresswomen. She took to Twitter to defend her choice.
What other moments from Trump’s State of the Union stood out to you? Let us know in the comments.