U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech Tuesday night in preparation for his re-election in which he emphasized the achievements of his administration and followed his advisers’ warnings to avoid mentioning the impeachment against him in Congress, where he hopes to be acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.
Economic achievements, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (T-MEC), which gained bipartisan support in Congress, and border security measures were among the issues mentioned by the president in his speech, which also included his efforts against abortion and the fight against cancer.
The president faces an atmosphere fraught with partisan divisions, which was clearly reflected at the end of his speech when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, tore up the paper containing his State of the Union message.
Pelosi later explained that “it was the polite thing to do, considering the alternative. Prior to the speech, Pelosi tried to shake hands with Trump, who avoided greeting her”.
Several Democratic women legislators attended dressed in white as a message of equality for women. Other congresswomen, such as New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, decided to boycott the speech because she did not want to “legitimize” the president’s behavior with her presence.
The president seems to have the upper hand at the moment, especially in view of the disastrous start of the Democratic primary, because of the late results in the Iowa assemblies, which prevented a boost for the presidential hopeful who will seek to prevent re-election.
The immigration issue will continue to be the workhorse of the president, who questioned the so-called “sanctuary cities” that protect immigrants, because in several undocumented places criminals have been released and have returned to committing crimes, including murder.
As for the Latin American region, Trump promised to redouble his efforts to end the government of Nicolas Maduro and called for applause for interim President Juan Guaidó, who received a standing ovation from both Democrats and Republicans.
These are the issues that will be repeated again and again in the race not only for the presidency but for control of Congress, with a voter seeking concrete results on the economy, access to health and education, as well as greater border security.