'All Children, Born And Unborn, Are Made in the Holy Image of God': Trump's Biggest State of the Union Moments
- President Trump pushedback against abortion
saying we need to worktogether to build a culture
that cherishes innocent life.
A strong message he hiton during his speech,
which was delayed a week dueto the partial government
- We meet tonight at a momentof unlimited potential.
- [Ben] President Trumptook advantage of the pulpit
Tuesday night to call forunity and bipartisanship.
- There is a new opportunityin American politics
if only we have the couragetogether to seize it.
- [Ben] Trump also tookadvantage of recent headlines
to fight for the unborn,calling on Congress to pass
legislation to prohibitlate term abortions.
- There could be nogreater contrast to the
beautiful image of a motherholding her infant child
than the chilling displaysour nation saw in recent days.
Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight
upon the passage oflegislation that would allow
a baby to be ripped from the mothers womb
moments from birth.
These are living,feeling, beautiful babies
who will never get thechance to share their love
and their dreams with the world.
And then we had the caseof the Governor of Virginia
where he stated he wouldexecute a baby after birth.
- [Ben] The Commander in Chiefthen broke down his vision
for safe and legal immigrationdemanding a border wall.
He illustrated his pointby hosting family members
of an elderly couple murderedin their home just last month
by an undocumented immigrant.
- I will never forget, andI will fight for the memory
of Gerald and Sharon that itshould never happen again.
Not one more American lifeshould be lost because
our nation failed to controlits very dangerous border.
- [Ben] Trump said simplyput walls save lives.
- In the past, most ofthe people in this room
voted for a wall, but theproper wall never got built.
I will get it built.
- [Ben] The future of thewall still remains in question
as Congressional negotiatorscontinue to work on a deal
to prevent another government shutdown.
In the Democrat's response,former Georgia governor
candidate Stacy Abramsplaced blame for the recent
closings of the governmentdirectly on the President.
- The shutdown was a stuntengineered by the President
of the United States, onethat defied every tenant
of fairness and abandonednot just our people
but our values.
- [Ben] Trump struck onbipartisan tone when talking
about rebuilding America,fighting cancer, eradicating HIV,
lowering the cost of healthcare,and the positive economy.
- An economic miracle istaking place in the United
States and the only thingthat can stop it are foolish
wars, politics, or ridiculouspartisan investigations.
- [Ben] He got a standingovation from both sides
after stating women have filledmore than 50% of new jobs
created in the last year.
- We also have morewomen serving in Congress
than at any time before.
- [Ben] Trump thenreaffirmed determination
to protect American interestsand end foreign wars.
- If I had not been electedPresident of the United States,
we would right now, inmy opinion, be in a major
war with North Korea.
- Now President Trumpconfirmed his second summit
with North Korean dictatorKim Jong Un for February
27 and 28th in Vietnam.
As for lawmakers reactionto the President's
address, here's Capital Hill
correspondent Abigail Robertson.
- This year markedPresident Trumps first time
speaking before a divided congress.
And while Republicans praisedthe President's remarks.
- It was very inspirational.
- He did a great job.
- The President did an outstanding job,
he to me, knocked it out of the park.
- [Abigail] Democratsdisagreed, with the Senate
minority leader hitting thePresident's call for unity
even before the speech.
- In the past he's calledfor unity and he's forgotten
about it by the next morning.
- [Abigail] And whilePresident Trump told the crowd
if there is going to be legislation,
there cannot be investigations.
A Democrat on the Houseoversight committee
told CBN News they'reintent on keeping their foot
on the investigation pedal.
- That's my constitutionallyprescribed duty
to conduct oversight,the American people hired
us to be in the majority toserve as a check and balance
on the Trump administration.
- [Abigail] Still, Democrat'sacknowledged they supported
some of the President's remarks.
And unity might just be possible,even in the most divisive
areas.- First of all,
I have to say one thing thatreally stuck out was the
President never said I'mgonna have a shutdown
if I don't get my $5.7 billionof fence, he never said that.
I think that's a messageto my Republican colleagues
and we can sit down,negotiate on border security.
Now we are gonna put billions of dollars,
but it's not gonna be billionsof dollars on a fence.
- [Abigail] CongressmanCuellar sits on the bipartisan
conference committeecurrently negotiating the
compromise bill for border security.
- We have to find a balancebetween our neighbor
to the south and atthe same time, not only
to our neighbor to thesouth that traded tourism
but have security andI feel very confident
that if we put thetechnology, the personnel,
find, and I'll say this as a Democrat,
find ways to do someenhanced physical barriers,
we can get there.
- [Abigail] And he's one ofjust a handful of Democrats
pleased to hear the Presidentreaffirm his commitment
to protecting the unborn.
- I'm one of four, five,six Democrats and pro-life.
I mean, I'll do whateverI can to make sure that we
protect life but I do knowthe makeup of the House,
I do know the, you have toget the 60 votes over there.
And so to get to wherethe President wants to get
might be difficult at this time.
- [Abigail] Many Republicanssupported the President's
strong statements as well.
- He talked about the unborn,I was very appreciative
of that moment too.
To recognize that life is precious,
and that it should beprotected, unlike what's going
on in New York and Virginia.
So those were all very inspiring moments.
- The high from this yearsaddress will be short lived
for Republican's if lawmakersfail to reach a compromise
by the end of next week to prevent
another government shutdown.
Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.