State of the Union: Trump hails ‘American comeback’

President Donald Trump has hailed the “great American comeback” in a speech to Congress that exposed sharp divisions at the top of US politics.

At his annual State of the Union address, Mr Trump set out his case for another four years in office.

He was speaking on the eve of his expected acquittal on corruption charges in his impeachment trial.

At one point the Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of his speech behind him.

The Republican president delivered Tuesday night’s nationally televised speech in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, where he was impeached in December.

His trial in the upper chamber, the Senate, culminates on Wednesday but with Republicans in charge there he is all but certain to be cleared and escape being thrown out of office.

Mr Trump did not mention impeachment at all in his speech although he did jab at Democrats.

Republican lawmakers chanted “four more years” as Mr Trump prepared to speak, urging him on for November’s White House election.

The State of the Union address is a speech delivered by the president to Congress towards the beginning of each calendar year in office.

It is usually used as a chance to report on the condition of the nation, but also allows the president to outline a legislative agenda and national priorities.

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