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VIDEO: President Trump’s State of the Union: An Extraordinary New Optimism

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Having been inured to the dull drone of Obama’s depressing, scornful State of the Union addresses, we were given the breath of life by President Trump’s extraordinary uplifting speech tonight. It was exhilarating. His accomplishments in the past year are unprecedented, historic, and yet he did not gloat. He was generous, magnanimous. He spoke to one America, of one America. He exhibited something we never get from D.C. — sincerity.

I am grateful to Barack Obama for one thing. Without his disastrous presidency, Trump would not have been elected. And he is doing things that no other Republican candidate for presidenct would or could have done.

Trump spoke of a pathway to citizenship for one and half million young immigrants (“dreamers”). I suspect the Democrats soiled themselves, sick with worry that President Trump would remove the one club that they relish wielding against the GOP. Despite the olive branch, the Democrat party of hate wasn’t having it. There weren’t having any of it.

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The Democrats had a very bad night. My live observations (transcript here):

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His story here:

Mr. Trump wrapped up remarks around 10:30 pm, lingering on the House floor for several minutes to shake hands and hear from lawmakers.

Mr. Trump gave a relatively sober speech that in some ways extended an olive branch to Democrats while simultaneously doubling-down on many of the hardline themes that propelled him to the presidency.

The themes were optimistic and heavy on patriotism and upbeat news about the economy.

On policy the major issues were detention policy, infrastructure and immigration:

— On immigration, Mr. Trump offered what he calls a compromise that trades a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million illegal immigrants in exchange for wide-ranging changes to the nation’s immigration system.

— On infrastructure, Mr. Trump called for a $1.5 trillion for infrastructure but left to Congress the details.

— On Guantanamo, Mr. Trump reversing his predecessor’s vow to close Guantanamo Bay prison facility for suspected terrorists.

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  • Tax cuts and the economy: The biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in at least three decades is already fueling an economic boom.
  • Infrastructure: President Trump will outline a $1 trillion investment for a large-scale, fast rebuild of America’s depleted infrastructure.
  • Immigration: The President will explain his framework on immigration reform, including border security, DACA legalization, protecting the nuclear family, and replacing the visa lottery with a skills-based approach.
  • Trade: Building on the President’s address at Davos last week, America will insist on trade deals that are fair and reciprocal.
  • National security: America is returning to “peace through strength” in world affairs, making our stances clear to friends and enemies alike.

Watch the State of the Union Address live at 9 p.m. ET.

Bonus: See who President Trump and the First Lady invited to be tonight’s special guests.

The ‘denuking’ of North Korea
President Trump joined members of the United Nations Security Council for a lunch meeting yesterday, discussing “a range of security challenges, including the denuking of North Korea.” He was accompanied by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, and National Security Adviser Gen. H. R. McMaster.

“We’re leading on the global stage to renew this founding principle of sovereignty,” the President told reporters before lunch. “I think we’re taking the world along with us.”

The meeting also covered how to counter Iran’s destabilization efforts across the Middle East, put an end to the conflict in Syria, and confront terrorism the world over.

Read more from President Trump’s lunch with the UN Security Council.

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