Americans are responding to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, the annual report that the president makes to a joint session of Congress. Mike O’Sullivan reports that after one year in office, Trump prompted strong reactions in his speech Tuesday evening, reflecting divisions in the country.
A top State Department official says there is no change in U.S. policy towards Afghanistan after President Donald Trump Monday ruled out for now negotiations with the Taliban. The U.S. official said the president was simply responding to a dramatic escalation in Taliban and other terrorist attacks on civilians. The Afghan government and the Taliban have also reacted to Trump's comments, as VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a message of unity and progress on Monday evening during his first State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress. VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman reports that during the address, Trump took credit for a booming U.S. economy, requested 1.5 trillion dollars for infrastructure improvements and proposed that young people brought illegally to the United States be given a 12-year path to citizenship.