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DW News 5 Feb 2020

Key takeaways of Trump's 2020 State of the Union Address


After refusing to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, US President Donald Trump hailed what he called "the great American comeback" in his 2020 State of the Union address to Congress. In a speech covering a wide range of his policies he celebrated America's booming economy, which is his main platform in this election year. Trump also touted his moves on a range of signature foreign policy issues, including Iran sanctions, trade deals with Mexico and China, and pressuring NATO allies to increase military spending. The speech comes against the backdrop of his impeachment trial in the Senate.

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended her decision to rip up President Donald Trump's 2020 State of the Union address.

In an interview with CNN Pelosi also said that the Senate's acquittal of Trump on impeachment charges did not mean he was "vindicated."
During his 2020 State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump touched on a wide variety of issues, from the economy and health care to immigration and the military.

Trump also took the opportunity to highlight what he considers his biggest accomplishments so far, including overseeing a period of economic growth, the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and more, giving his address the air of a campaign rally — especially as this year's campaign season is just getting underway.

But over the course of his speech, President Trump made several claims that were exaggerated or factually incorrect. Here are the facts you need to know about Trump's claims.
President Trump addressed lawmakers in his 2020 State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Here are key moments from his speech.
President Trump gave his 2020 State of the Union address on Feb. 4, the final of his first term. Although much has changed since the president's last State of the Union (like his impeachment), parts of his speech were familiar. Once again, it was full of dubious claims. The Fact Checker reviews some of his most-repeated false claims.

Though he is expected to be acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial, his speech comes after a contentious battle between Democrats and Republicans in both chambers. The theme of Trump's speech was "the Great American Comeback." It is the second time a president has delivered the address in the midst of an impeachment trial, the first was Bill Clinton's State of the Union in 1999.

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