The State of the Union, in pictures

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He was talking about the numerous investigations into his administration and his own finances.

Stacey Abrams stepped onto the biggest stage of her political career Tuesday and accused President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans of abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord.

Trump's speech to lawmakers and the nation comes at a critical moment in his presidency. His speech sought to shore up Republican support that had eroded slightly during the recent government shutdown and previewed a fresh defense against Democrats as they ready a round of investigations into every aspect of his administration.

"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation", Trump continued. Meanwhile, the pool camera in the chamber of the People's House panned across Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, catching what seemed to be a laugh.

Looming over the president's address was a fast-approaching February 15 deadline to fund the government and avoid another shutdown.

President Trump on Tuesday issued another dark warning about the dangers of illegal immigration at the "lawless" southern border, but he made no mention of the national emergency power he has threatened to invoke to build a border wall without congressional approval. And though he offered a lengthy defense of his call for a border wall, declaring, "I will get it built". Trump urged Republicans and Democrats to come together Tuesday to "confront an urgent national crisis" at "our very unsafe southern border" that he claimed includes crime, drugs and human trafficking caused by illegal immigration.

On foreign policy, Trump announced that he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month in Vietnam to, in his words, "continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula". The two met last summer in Singapore, though that meeting only led to a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize. That has left the White House to deliberate privately over whether the president will invoke a national emergency, which he has asserted could allow him to use statutory authority to redirect Pentagon funding for a barrier at the U.S. -Mexico border - a project the president had repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for.

"Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country".

As he stood before lawmakers, the president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition.

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Democrats took over control of the House in January after winning more seats in the 2018 midterm elections. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Abrams said that a few weeks ago she volunteered to distribute meals to federal workers furloughed during the nation's longest government shutdown.

While Trump did not specify which investigations he was referring to during his address, the president has consistently attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Russian government and his 2016 presidential campaign as a politically-motivated "witch hunt".

One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months.

"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States - and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations", Trump said as Republicans cheered and Democrats sat stone-faced. The president on Tuesday recognized that "more women serving in the Congress than ever before".

The president also defended his decisions to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan over the opposition from national security officials and many Republican lawmakers. "Great nations do not fight endless wars".

IS militants have lost territory since Trump's surprise announcement in December that he was pulling USA forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six months to a year after the Americans leave. Several leading GOP lawmakers have sharply criticized his plans to withdraw from Syria, as well as from Afghanistan.

Toward the end of his speech, Trump talked about the upheaval in Venezuela. She was the first black woman to deliver such an address and used the high-wattage event to blister Trump on everything from education and school safety to being out of touch with the middle class.

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