Trump: Only ‘Foolish Wars, Politics, or Ridiculous Partisan Investigations’ Can Stop our Economic Miracle

By Patrick Goodenough | February 5, 2019 | 10:16pm EST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence listen as President Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. (Screen capture: White House livestream)

( – President Trump in his State of the Union address Tuesday night took a swipe at what he called “ridiculous partisan investigations,” saying that they, along with “foolish wars” and “politics,” were the only thing that could stop the “economic miracle” now underway in the United States.

After claiming credit for achievements including 5.3 million new jobs, rising wages, five million Americans moving off food stamps, the lowest unemployment rate in half a century, and “a revolution in American energy,” Trump said the U.S. economy has become “the envy of the world.”

“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States,” he said. “And the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), sitting behind the president and alongside Vice President Mike Pence, gave a wry smile at the words “ridiculous partisan investigations,” and sat impassively through the ensuing applause.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation,” Trump coninued, “there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.”

“We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad.”

Trump made a plea for unity, saying the agenda he was laying out was “not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda – it is the agenda of the American people.”

“We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good,” he said. “Together we can break decades of political stalemate.”

“The decision is ours to make,” Trump continued. “We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.”

“Tonight I ask you to choose greatness.”

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