Recapping the State of the Union


President Donald J. Trump received a standing ovation as he delivered his State of the Union address. (Joyce N. Boghosian/Flickr)

Kira Berzack

On Feb. 5, 2019, President Donald J. Trump delivered his second State of the Union address. His speech exemplified many of his and America’s accomplishments within the past two years. President Trump began his speech by saying, “we will govern not as two parties but as one nation,” highlighting his desire to ignore the labels of each party. Reiterating this point, he stated “the agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democratic agenda. It is the agenda of the American people.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, he received a 76 percent approval rate for the speech and only a 24 percent disapproval rate. President Trump addressed many important national advances. We have created 5.3 million new jobs and importantly added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs — something which almost everyone said was impossible to do, but the fact is, we are just getting started,” stated President Trump. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in half a century. Nearly 5 million people have been taken off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

President Trump progressed through his speech, leading to the point that Congress at that time had ten days left to sign a bill to fund the government, including a budget to protect the country by securing the southern border with a wall. The president mentioned that large caravans had been organized to head to the border. President Trump said “As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States. We have just heard that Mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities, are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection. I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for the tremendous onslaught.”

President Trump continued to emphasize the need for border security by giving evidence about criminal acts committed by immigrants who entered illegally. He stated, “In the last 2 years, our brave ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings.” He continued to describe an intense gang named MS-13 which now operates in 20 American states. The majority of this gang has come illegally through the southern border. The gang members have committed murders and assaults. America is removing the members by thousands, yet they can keep coming back into America until the southern wall is secured.

One of the biggest moments in The President’s speech was designated to women. The President Stated, “No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the new jobs created in the last year. All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before — and exactly one century after the Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in the Congress than ever before.” In return of this comment, The President was commended with a standing ovation from the Democratic woman which shocked many people.

The majority of Americans approved of this speech, which highlighted the achievements of the last two years. Through his State of the Union, President Trump reassured the American people and showed the progress we have made as a country in employment rates, the usage of SNAP, border security and women’s representation in the workforce and Congress.