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The Latest: Trump speech leads to 4.5 million tweets

5 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, January 30 2018 Jan 30, 2018 January 30, 2018 7:47 PM January 30, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's first State of the Union is the most-tweeted joint address to Congress ever, according to Twitter.
The social network says 4.5 million tweets were sent around the annual event, surpassing last year's record of 3 million for Trump's first address to Congress - which wasn't technically a State of the Union.
According to the platform, the most tweeted moment of the speech came as Trump waded into the culture wars over racial injustice protests and the national anthem. That was followed by his discussion of his immigration reform proposal and his condemnation of the international criminal gang MS-13.
11 p.m.
Liberal icon Bernie Sanders is blasting President Donald Trump for what he did not say during his State of the Union address.
The 2016 presidential candidate used his Facebook page to broadcast his own retort to Trump at the same time Massachusetts Rep. Joseph Kennedy III offered the Democratic Party's official response.
Sanders notes Trump didn't mention Social Security or Medicare, despite promises as a candidate to protect the popular programs.
The Vermont senator also cites wealth inequality and climate change as fundamental threats Trump failed to address.
Sanders recalls Trump touting his commitment to clean air and clean water. The senator says he struggled "not to laugh out loud" in the House chamber.
Sanders is still deciding whether to run for president again in 2020.
10:35 p.m.
President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address clocked in at one hour and 20 minutes.
According to the American Presidency Project, that makes Trump's speech one of the longest State of the Union addresses in recent presidential history.
President Bill Clinton's final State of the Union speech in January 2000 ran longer than Trump's at just over an hour and 28 minutes.
Clinton delivered another lengthy State of the Union address - an hour and 24 minutes - in January 1995.
Trump spoke for exactly one hour last year when he addressed a joint session of Congress, but that was not a State of the Union address.
10:30 p.m.
President Donald Trump says his administration is waging a "maximum pressure" campaign to prevent North Korea's "reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles" from threatening the U.S. homeland.
Trump says that threat could be a reality soon. He says past U.S. experience with North Korea shows that "complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation."
Trump is praising Ji Seong-ho, who is attending the State of the Union speech. Ji was born in North Korea and lost limbs in a train accident before defecting to South Korea, where he helps other defectors. Trump says his "great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all."
10:22 p.m.
President Donald Trump is commemorating Otto Warmbier as makes the point about the dangers posed by North Korea.
Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of subversion. He tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.
The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months and medically evacuated from North Korea. He returned with severe brain damage and died shortly after his return.
Trump recognized Warmbier's parents during his State of the Union address. As he did so, Fred and Cindy Warmbier were moved to tears.
Trump calls them "powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world."
10:25 p.m.
President Donald Trump says his administration is waging a "maximum pressure" campaign to prevent North Korea's "reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles" from threatening the U.S. homeland.
Trump says that threat could be a reality soon. He says past U.S. experience with North Korea shows that "complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation."
Trump is praising the parents of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died shortly after being released from detention in North Korea. His parents are attending Trump's State of the Union address.
Also attending is Ji Seong-ho, who was born in North Korea and lost limbs in a train accident before defecting to South Korea, where he helps other defectors. Trump says his "great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all."
10:22 p.m.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is extending her hands to try quieting Democratic colleagues as they groan after President Donald Trump's call for ending "chain migration."
For many lawmakers, the reference is offensive. They say it discredits an immigration system that is family-centric, one in which immigrants are allowed family members to the country.
Trump is calling his immigration proposals a "down-the-middle compromise," prompting brief laughter from Democratic lawmakers.
Trump has prefaced his calls for an immigration overhaul by highlighting the threat posed by MS-13, the violent street gang with Central American ties.
He is capping his immigration remarks by saying, "let us come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done."
10:20 p.m.
President Donald Trump says "unmatched power" is the surest defense against threats from rogue regimes, terrorist groups and rivals like China and Russia.
He says that's why he's asking Congress to remove budget caps on defense spending and fully fund the U.S. military.
The president says the U.S. defense must also include a nuclear weapons arsenal so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.
Trump says that maybe someday will come a "magical moment" when nations of the world will unite and eliminate their nuclear weapons.
But he says, "We are not there yet."
Trump has threatened to use military force to deter North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons. He also has boasted that he has a bigger nuclear "button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
10:15 p.m.
President Donald Trump says his government needs "all necessary power" to detain terrorists "wherever we chase them down."
Trump signed an order earlier Tuesday directing his defense secretary to re-examine the U.S. military detention policy and to keep the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open.
Trump says that, "In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds and hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield."
He adds: "Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants." He says that when they are captured overseas, they should be treated like "the terrorists they are."
10:05 p.m.
President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to "set politics aside" and overhaul the nation's immigration system during his State of the Union speech.
Trump is blaming "deadly loopholes" and "open borders" for allowing drugs and gangs "to pour into our most vulnerable communities"
He's highlighting his case with the stories of two families whose daughters were killed by members of the MS-13 gang.
Trump tells the families that "320 million hearts" are breaking as he shares their stories with the nation.
Trump's plan would provide a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants living in the country illegally. It would also severely limit legal immigration and provide $25 billion for his promised border wall.
Trump says his plan "will create a safe, modern and lawful immigration system."
10 p.m.
President Donald Trump says he's committed to the "long and difficult" fight against the epidemic of opioid and drug addiction.
He is predicting in his State of the Union address that America ultimately will prevail over a crisis that claims 174 lives daily.
Trump campaigned on the opioid issue and created a presidential advisory commission upon taking office. He recently declared the crisis a public health emergency, but the declaration did not come with additional funding.
Trump also recognized special guest Ryan Holets, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer who was seated in first lady Melania Trump's guest box.
Holets and his wife adopted the baby of a pregnant, homeless woman he saw preparing to inject herself with heroin.
9:45 p.m.
President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to pass legislation to generate at least $1.5 trillion to upgrade the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Trump is using his State of the Union address to appeal to Republicans and Democrats to come together to provide the safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure that he says the economy needs to thrive and Americans deserve.
The president says every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments, and tapping private-sector investment where appropriate.
Trump says an infrastructure bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process, getting it down to no more than two years and perhaps even one.
9:40 p.m.
President Donald Trump is taking a softer approach to a highly charged issue in his State of the Union speech.
Trump is using the story of 12-year-old Preston Sharp to drive home his case that Americans should stand for the national anthem.
Sharp organized a campaign to put flags on fallen veterans' graves.
Trump says, "Preston's reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem."
Trump has hurled harsh rhetoric against football players who knelt during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.
Trump has said those players should be fired and called on fans to boycott their games.
9:35 p.m.
Half the House chamber is boisterous and bouncing up and down for standing ovations during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. The other half is somber and still, amid a sea of black clothes.
It is as if Republicans and Democrats are attending two separate events.
Republicans are applauding and cheering as Trump talks about making America great again, and his late 2017 victory revamping the tax code.
Democrats are barely reacting to Trump's remarks, though they did join in applause for emergency responders and veterans.
As Trump entered the chamber before his speech, nearly all Democrats were seated and quiet in less than 20 seconds. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey waved a pocket copy of the Constitution.
9:33 p.m.
President Donald Trump is telling the stories of ordinary people to help illustrate themes in his State of the Union address.
Trump opened by highlighting Ashlee Leppert, a U.S. Coast Guard petty officer who was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. He mentioned firefighter David Dahlberg, who rescued dozens of children trapped in a California summer camp threatened by wildfires.
Trump illustrated the tax cuts he signed into law last year by introducing small-business owners from Ohio. Trump said Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger are giving out raises, hiring workers and expanding their business because of tax code changes.
And then there's Preston Sharp from California. Trump lauded the 12-year-old for starting an effort to place U.S. flags on veterans' graves.
9:30 p.m.
President Donald Trump is celebrating a booming economy in his State of the Union address.
Trump says 2.4 million jobs have been created since his election and says wages are going up.
He's talking up the unemployment rate and says the stock market "has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value."
Trump is also promising that millions of Americans will be taking home more pay starting next month thanks to the "massive" tax cuts he signed into law at the end of 2017.
Republicans are looking for Trump to help convince the country that they've made progress while in charge ahead of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
9:20 p.m.
President Donald Trump says the state of the union is strong "because our people are strong."
And he adds that together "we are building a safe, strong and proud America."
Trump opened his first State of the Union address Tuesday night by recognizing the bravery of Americans who helped each other through a series of devastating hurricanes, wildfires and mass shootings during his first year in office.
He also paid tribute to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.  The Louisiana Republican was severely wounded last year when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for an upcoming congressional baseball game.
9:15 p.m.
President Donald Trump is kicking off his State of the Union speech with recollections of the year past.
Trump is talking about the hurricanes that devastated states including Florida and Texas, and the wildfires that ripped through Texas.
He says, "We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship."
He's telling those affected by the devastation that "we are with you" and "we will pull through together."
9:10 p.m.
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died of injuries suffered in North Korean custody, are in the audience at the State of the Union.
That's according to a congressional source who requested anonymity because the invitation hadn't been announced.
Trump was expected to pay tribute to Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy, during Tuesday's speech.
Trump is trying to prevent North Korea from obtaining a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver one.
Warmbier was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months and died shortly after being returned to the U.S. He visited North Korea with a Chinese tourist company.
9:06 p.m.
The White House says President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order to keep the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay open.
Trump said during his campaign that he wanted to keep Guantanamo open and "load it up with some bad dudes." But the White House announcement just before Tuesday's State of the Union address marks a formal reversal of President Barack Obama's eight-year effort to close the detention center.
The order preserves military detention as a counterterrorism tool by keeping the prison open.
President George W. Bush opened Guantanamo after Sept. 11 to hold and interrogate suspected enemy combatants. At its peak in 2003, it held about 680 detainees.
Bush transferred about 500 out before leaving office. Obama transferred 197 detainees out, leaving 41.
9:05 p.m.
President Donald Trump has arrived in the House chamber to deliver his first State of the Union address.
Cheers and applause rang out as Trump was introduced by the Sergeant at Arms.
Trump shook hands with lawmakers, waved and pointed at some as he inched his way down the center aisle.
Nearly every Democratic lawmaker stopped clapping seconds after the president entered the chamber. Many remained seated.
Trump accented his dark suit with a bright blue tie for the occasion.
9 p.m.
President Donald Trump's motorcade passed a group of protesters near the U.S. Capitol as the president traveled to the annual State of the Union address.
About 100 protesters chanted near a location by the U.S. Botanical Gardens on Independence Avenue, a few blocks from the Capitol. Demonstrators held signs that said "You're Fired," and the word L-I-A-R lit up in yellow lights.
Trump's short motorcade ride took him around the Washington Monument and near the Tidal Basin with a view of the Jefferson Memorial in the distance.
9 p.m.
Melania Trump received a standing ovation as she entered the House chamber to take her seat for the State of the Union address.
The first lady - wearing a white Dior pantsuit - arrived at the Capitol before President Donald Trump, a change from last year, when they rode together in the limousine.
Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, says the first lady went early to accompany guests whose stories amplify the president's agenda and who will sit in her guest box.
The first lady hadn't been seen in public with Trump since The Wall Street Journal reported this month that, in 2016, Trump's lawyer paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an affair she had with Trump. Daniels issued a statement Tuesday denying the affair.

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