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Trump’s Approval Rating Ticks up After Incredible SOTU Address

President Trump’s approval rating increased following Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address.

According to the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll, 50 percent of voters approve of President Trump’s job performance, while 49 percent disapprove.

Rasmussen writes, “The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3.”

The State of the Union Address had 46.8 million viewers, which increased from President Trump’s 2018 SOTU ratings. The ratings also beat President Obama’s second SOTU address by 9 percent.

Instant polls conducted by CBS and CNN directly after the State of the Union address found that the President’s speech was a major hit with viewers.

CBS News found that a whopping 76 percent of respondents “approved” of what they heard in the president’s speech, and 72 percent approved of the president’s immigration comments.

CNN found that overall, 76 percent of respondents were either “very positive” or “somewhat positive” about the President’s address.

Must See SOTU Moment: Beautiful Story of Holocaust Survivor and American Liberator

One of the most touching moments from last night’s State of the Union address came when President Trump introduced Holocaust survivor, Joshua Kaufman and American soldier Herman Zeitchik.

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During World War II, Kaufman had been a prisoner at Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. The President said Kaufman “remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks. ‘To me,’ Joshua recalls, ‘the American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky.'”

Zeitchik stormed the beaches of Normandy and had eventually helped liberate Dachau.

Trump said Zeitchik “was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on earth. Almost 75 years later, Herman and Joshua are both together in the gallery tonight — seated side-by-side, here in the home of American freedom. Herman and Joshua: your presence this evening honors and uplifts our entire Nation.”

Watch the touching video below:

CBS & CNN Instant Polls: Trump SOTU Speech a MAJOR Hit

President Trump’s State of the Union address was a major hit with the public, according to instant polls conducted by both CBS and CNN.

CBS News found that a whopping 76 percent of respondents “approved” of what they heard in the president’s speech, and 72 percent approved of the president’s immigration comments.

CNN found that overall, 76 percent of respondents were either “very positive” or “somewhat positive” about the President’s address.

One of the most unifying moments of the night was when the President touted the positive impact the thriving economy has had on women in America and his acknowledgement that there are more women serving in Congress than ever before.

The comments received enthusiastic applause from many of the Democratic women in the audience.

“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58% of the newly created jobs last year,” the President said.

“All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before,” he said to a bipartisan standing ovation.

“Don’t sit yet,” he said. “You are going to like this. And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in the Congress than at any time before,” he said, as lawmakers gave him a lively applause and chanted “U.S.A! U.S.A!”

CBS & CNN Instant Polls: Trump SOTU Speech a MAJOR Hit

President Trump’s State of the Union address was a major hit with the public, according to instant polls conducted by both CBS and CNN.

CBS News found that a whopping 76 percent of respondents “approved” of what they heard in the president’s speech, and 72 percent approved of the president’s immigration comments.

CNN found that overall, 76 percent of respondents were either “very positive” or “somewhat positive” about the President’s address.

One of the most unifying moments of the night was when the President touted the positive impact the thriving economy has had on women in America and his acknowledgement that there are more women serving in Congress than ever before.

The comments received enthusiastic applause from many of the Democratic women in the audience.

“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58% of the newly created jobs last year,” the President said.

“All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before,” he said to a bipartisan standing ovation.

“Don’t sit yet,” he said. “You are going to like this. And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in the Congress than at any time before,” he said, as lawmakers gave him a lively applause and chanted “U.S.A! U.S.A!”

Maxine Waters Triggered, Hopes Americans “Turn the Television off” During SOTU

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) hopes Americans will turn off their televisions during President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight because “he is not worthy of being listened to.”

“I don’t even know why he wants to come and give the State of the Union,” Waters said to Essence magazine.

“The state of the union under him has not been good. And he has been divisive, and I think he’s putting us all in harm’s way. And so he is not worthy of being listened to,” she said.

“I don’t know why anybody would want to pay attention to anything that he has to say. He lies over and over again…But since he is a great liar, he’ll say anything because he’s capable of saying anything without facts, without research. And so, I’m not looking forward to his State of the Union, and I hope people will turn the television off!”

Waters isn’t the only House Democrat triggered by President Trump.

So far, at least four Democrats announced they would not be attending the speech tonight.

Georgia Democrats Hank Johnson and John Lewis said they would not attend the speech, as well as Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon.

 

Failed GA Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams to Give Dem. Response to SOTU

Failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement, “Stacey Abrams is a present and future leader in this country. She is a dynamic, moral leader; she delivered results on the issues that matter most to Americans; and she tirelessly pursues fairness and justice for everyone in her state.”

Abrams said she plans to “deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will deliver the Spanish-language response to the State of the Union address.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cancelled the president’s original address on January 29, citing “security concerns” due to the government shutdown. This–despite the fact that both Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security contradicted her claims and stated the agencies could handle securing the event.

The speech has been rescheduled for February 5.

In a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Trump wrote, “It is my great honor to accept. We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!”

Update: Pelosi Denies Trump’s SOTU Address “Until Government is Reopened”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has responded to President Trump’s letter today and denied him the opportunity to speak in Congress until the government shutdown ends.

Earlier today the President sent his letter in which he vowed to continue on with his State of the Union address. Pelosi responded, informing Trump that the “House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened.”

Read Nancy Pelosi’s Letter below:

Dear Mr. President:

When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th.  At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.

In my further correspondence of January 16th, I said we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened and I hope that we can still do that.

I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened.

Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.

Sincerely,

NANCY PELOSI

Speaker of the House

Read President Trump’s Letter below:

Dear Madam Speaker:

Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.

Accordingly, there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address. Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union.

I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump

Report: WH Continuing with SOTU Plans, Trump May Give Speech Outside of D.C.

The White House is still planning on President Trump giving his State of the Union Address on January 29, however, it’s possible he may deliver the speech outside of Washington, D.C., according to Fox News.

The outlet reports that the White House sent a letter to the House Sergeant at Arms asking to schedule a walk-through for the address next week. This, “comes after a previously scheduled walk-through last week was canceled at Pelosi’s request.”

For now, the President “intends” to deliver his speech at the U.S. Capitol building next week, however, White House officials told Fox News that they are preparing for “two tracks” for the address.

“The preferred track is an address, as per custom, at the Capitol. The second track is a backup plan for a speech outside of Washington, D.C,” writes Fox News.

The report continues:

Ultimately, whether the speech is given on the House floor is up to Pelosi. In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley suggested the president could move the location of the speech should Pelosi block it in the House.

“There are many ways he can deliver the State of the Union address,” Gidley said on “America’s Newsroom.” “I’m not going to get ahead of anything he would announce.”

For the full story, click HERE.

Rand Paul Proposes Moving SOTU to Senate, Bypassing Pelosi

Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) is suggesting moving the President’s State of the Union Address from the House of Representatives to the Senate.

The Senator tweeted yesterday, “Senator McConnell is in charge of the Senate. If Mrs. Pelosi refuses to allow the president to deliver the State of the Union in the House, I propose we move it to the Senate and make it happen!”

On Wednesday, Pelosi sent a letter to President Trump suggesting he postpone the State of the Union address until the government shutdown is over due to security concerns.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” she wrote.

Despite the fact that both Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security stated they are well equipped and prepared to handle the State of the Union Address,  Pelosi told reporters she “didn’t care.”

“I don’t care what they said,” said Pelosi when told by a reporter that Secret Service stated they were prepared to secure the Congressional event.

Pelosi: “I Don’t Care” if Secret Service Said it Could Secure State of the Union Address

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters last night that she “doesn’t care” if Secret Service said it could handle securing the State of the Union Address during the partial government shutdown, according to the Daily Caller’s Kerry Picket.

Instead, Picket writes, Pelosi “stood firm” in her calls to delay the President’s address, telling reporters “It’s about security. It’s about security.”

“I don’t care what they said,” said Pelosi when told that Secret Service stated they were prepared to secure the Congressional event.

In a letter to the President yesterday, Pelosi claimed the lack of funding due to the government shutdown would pose a security risk to the address.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” she wrote.

However, both Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen contradicted Pelosi’s statement, saying they were equipped and ready to handle the event.

NBC reporter Peter Alexander wrote on Twitter that a Secret Service official said of the State of the Union address, “We’ve been planning this for months, as we always do….” The official said securing the event was a “no-fail mission.”

DHS Secretary Nielsen stated yesterday, “The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.”