President Trump Delivers State of the Union Address, Refuses to Shake Pelosi's Hand

February 05, 2020 - 3:30 am
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President Donald Trump gave his third and final State of the Union address and it can only be described as optimistic.

The theme of the address was "The Great American Comeback.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced Trump ahead of his address, but it did not go without notice that she left out the customary phrase, "I have the high privilege and distinct honor of" while introducing the president of the United States.

Instead, she introduced Trump as "the president of the United States."

In turn, Trump did not shake Pelosi's hand.

The address comes amid a confusing delay of results for the Democrats from Iowa caucus sites, and the potential Wednesday acquittal of Trump by the Senate in an impeachment trial.

"We have totally rejected the downsizing," the president said to cheers from Republicans, despite many Democrats stay seated, often refusing to clap.

Trump claimed "the years of economic decay are over," and the country has "shattered the mentality of American decline."

"The economy is the best it's ever been," Trump said.

Trump praised the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, which was signed by Trump last month after being passed by Congress. "Unfair trade is perhaps the single biggest reason that I decided to run for president," Trump said. "I keep my promises, we did our job."

Once Trump finishes speaking,  the Democrats will respond and they have chosen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan to speak.

Guests include Deputy Chief of the United States Border Patrol Raul Ortiz, and Tony Rankins, an Army veteran.

Trump touted the newly established Space Force, the branch of the military which was officially formed last month. He introduced one of the White House guests, 13-year-old Iain Lanphier, who aspires to join the Space Force as an adult.

"Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy, and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, 'most people look up at space. I want to look down on the world,'" Trump said.

A photo from last year's State of the Union also went viral in which Pelosi was clapping at Trump.

Picking up on a key issue for the Republican party and his education secretary, Betsy Devos, the president emphasized the importance of allowing families to choose where their students go to school. Too many children have been "trapped" in government schools, the president said.

The president urged more states to pass school choice initiatives.

Trump praised one of the White House guests, radio host Rush Limbaugh, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Limbaugh is an extremely controversial figure who hosts a popular right-wing radio show.

"Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.  Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our Nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom," Mr. Trump said.

Limbaugh gasped and teared up when Trump made this announcement. First lady Melania Trump presented Limbaugh with the honor as they stood in the visitors' gallery.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of Parkland shooting victim Jamie Guttenberg, was swiftly ejected from Speaker Pelosi's box after he screamed at the president, following Trump’s vow to protect the 2nd Amendment.

In a rare call for bipartisanship, Trump urged members of Congress to work on legislation to lower prescription drug prices.

Trump took a shot at Democrats, including some senators running for president who support "Medicare for All."

"There are those who want to take away your healthcare, take away your doctor, and abolish private insurance entirely," Mr. Trump warned, pointing to 132 lawmakers who "have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our healthcare system."

Trump called for legislation to ban late-term abortion, a measure sought by his conservative base.

"Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God!" Trump said.

Trump touted the strikes that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, and Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani. The strike that killed Soleimani was particularly controversial and resulted in a retaliatory strike from Iran on U.S. military bases in Iraq.

"As the world's top terrorist, Soleimani orchestrated the deaths of countless men, women, and children. He directed the December assault on United States Forces in Iraq, and was actively planning new attacks. That is why, last month, at my direction, the United States Military executed a flawless precision strike that killed Soleimani and terminated his evil reign of terror forever," Mr. Trump said. "Our message to the terrorists is clear: You will never escape American justice. If you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life!"

CBS News contributed to this story. 

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