After two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks on opponents, US President Donald Trump called for unity and cross-party cooperation during Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, a message likely to ring hollow with Democrats determined to block his push for a border wall.
Much of the speech focused on immigration and his proposed border wall with Mexico, the issue that postponed Trump’s address, with a 35-day partial government shutdown over funding for his proposed border wall.
Trump’s prime-time address in Washington, DC, comes at a critical moment in his presidency. He pushed his party into a record-long government shutdown over border security, only to give in to Democrats. With another shutdown deadline looming, the president has few options for getting Congress to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border.