State of the Union: Donald Trump reveals plan to meet Kim Jong Un in Vietnam | US News

Donald Trump has revealed he will meet Kim Jong Un in Vietnam for their second nuclear summit as he delivered his State of the Union speech.

The US president said he will hold talks with the North Korean leader on 27 and 28 February after claiming he helped avert a “major war” between the two countries and saved millions of lives.

Addressing Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Mr Trump insisted a wall will be built on the US-Mexico border to tackle the “urgent national crisis” of illegal immigration.

He also claimed America’s “economic miracle” could be hampered by “ridiculous partisan investigations” – a reference to the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union speech
Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union speech

Announcing his summit with Mr Kim, Mr Trump said: “If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed.

“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one. And Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.”

The two men held their first historic summit in Singapore last June but there has been little concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme.

SINGAPORE - JUNE 12: In this handout photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) meets U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the historic meeting between leaders of both countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying hopes to end decades of hostility and the threat of North Korea's nuclear program. (Photo by Kevin Lim/THE STRAITS TIM
Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump met in Singapore last June

Urging Democrats to approve funding for a border wall, Mr Trump claimed “large, organised caravans” were marching to the US and he had sent 3,750 troops to “prepare for the tremendous onslaught”.

“Simply put, walls work and walls save lives,” he said.

“So let’s work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.”

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Trump: We will build that wall

Mr Trump also addressed several foreign policy issues, saying his administration was holding “constructive talks” with Afghan groups including the Taliban.

Progress in the negotiations could result in the US reducing troops in Afghanistan, he added.

In a wide-ranging speech, Mr Trump also said he would:

::: Seek to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years

:: Aim to pass laws to ban late-term abortions “of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb”

Mr Trump faces Republicans and Democrats in Congress
Mr Trump faces Republicans and Democrats in Congress

:: Ask Congress for $500m funding for research into childhood cancer over the next 10 years

:: Suggest a multi-nation arms control agreement could be negotiated to replace the one with Russia he is exiting

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The president says growth in the US is stronger than ever.

Watched by First Lady Melania Trump and his daughter Ivanka, Mr Trump’s speech was interrupted several times by chants of “USA” from his supporters.

Several female Democratic politicians in the US Capitol building for the speech wore white, the colour favoured by early 20th Century suffragettes.

Democratic women wore white at the State of the Union speech

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And in a rare outbreak of bipartisanship, Mr Trump received a standing ovation from Democratic politicians when he said there were more women in the workforce and in Congress than ever before.

“You weren’t supposed to do that!” Mr Trump said.

The State of the Union address had been delayed following the longest US government shutdown in history.


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