By William Gallo
VOA News
February 06, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used the State of the Union address Tuesday night to make a final push for a wall along the southern U.S. border, just days ahead of what he has warned could be another government shutdown.

"I will get it built," vowed Trump, promising a "smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier." But he stopped short of declaring a national emergency to obtain funds to build the wall.

Trump, who made a border wall one of his signature campaign promises, spent much of his speech on dangers at the border with Mexico.

"As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States," Trump said, referring to the group of migrant men, women and children as a "tremendous onslaught."

Divided Congress

Trump made his second State of the Union address with a new backdrop: for the first time a Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, looked over Trump's shoulder as he spoke in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.

Democrats took control of the House of Representatives during November midterm elections, and with Republicans leading the Senate, Trump faces a divided government that makes enacting his policy proposals much more difficult…….

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