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Abrams calls for voting rights in response to Trump's speech

Abrams calls for voting rights in response to Trump's speech”

"If there is going to be peace and legislation there must not be war and investigation". 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. But reports suggest he will stop short of declaring a national emergency to obtain funds to build the wall, one of his signature campaign promises.

"I am asking you to defend our very unsafe southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country", he said.

The 72-year-old President Trump harkened back to moments of American greatness, celebrating the moon landing as astronaut Buzz Aldrin looked on from the audience and heralding the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.

Foreign policy, including Trump's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will be a heavy focus of the speech. He said the USA has "the hottest economy anywhere in the world".

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

Democrats took control of the House of Representatives during November midterm elections, creating a divided government that makes it much harder for Trump to implement his policy proposals. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to persuade Abrams, 45, to run for Senate in 2020, sensing the opportunity to flip a Republican-held seat and bolster turnout in Georgia, which could become a presidential battleground.

"We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good", Trump said in his State of the Union address.

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

Speaking from Atlanta, Abrams calls the shutdown a political stunt that "defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values".

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". Polls show he has work to do, with his approval rating falling to just 34 percent after the shutdown, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months. Border barriers also would have little impact on dealing with a record number of Central American families that have been apprehended at the border over the past year, most of whom have entered the country with the intention of surrendering to border agents in hopes of winning political asylum in the United States.



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