President Trump delivered his annual State of the Union address, laying out his 2020 agenda. CNBC’s Eamon Javers reports.
In the chamber where he was impeached, President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered his third State of the Union address, boasting of his record on jobs and warning against Democratic policy proposals.
The speech came in the thick of the president’s 2020 reelection campaign, and one day before he is expected to be acquitted by the Senate on impeachment charges brought by the Democratic-led House .
The ceremonial address to the joint session of Congress resembled a campaign speech, with the president claiming to have created “the greatest economy that we’ve had in our history,” pledging to protect Social Security and warning against Democratic policy proposals. Republicans led a chant of “four more years” at the start. The president did not mention impeachment.
Among those in attendance was Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom the Trump administration has supported in his efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro, the country’s socialist leader.
Notably absent from the speech was a slate of high-profile Democrats, including the progressive freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Here are the night’s top moments.
The night began and ended with dramatic acts of partisanship.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to shake the president’s hand after Trump handed her what appeared to be a copy of his remarks. But Trump did not shake her hand.
At the end of the speech, Pelosi ripped up the papers and cast them aside.
Asked why she did so, Pelosi explained to reporters afterwards: “It was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternative.” She didn’t elaborate.
Pelosi and Trump have tangled over politics and matters of temperament, with tensions rising particularly high during the impeachment process. But the Pelosi-Trump feud began much earlier.
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