The address was postponed after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to invite Trump to the Capitol in the midst of the government shutdown, stressing that it would not be appropriate under the circumstances.
This post was updated following the conclusion of Tuesday's speeches.
"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation", he declared.
With another shutdown looming next week unless Trump can strike a deal with Democrats over his proposed border wall, the president shied away from calling a national emergency to build the wall.
On Jan. 4, flanked by GOP House leaders, Trump took questions from the press in the Rose Garden as he argued that many federal workers supported the shutdown because they agreed with his push for border security.
Trump and Congressional leaders now have until February 15 to pass long-term bills to fund the government.
"I am asking you to defend our very unsafe southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country", he said, painting a dark and foreboding picture of the risks posed to Americans by illegal immigration.
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After the Commander in Chief spoke about what he sees as a national crisis on the southern border, President Trump pivoted to the how a "thriving economy" has led to women filling 58% of new jobs.
"Wearing suffragette white is a respectful message of solidarity with women across the country, and a declaration that we will not go back on our hard-earned rights", Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, the chair of the working group, told CNN last week. The photo came from a protest against the Trump administration.
The president also defended his decisions to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan over the opposition from national security officials and many Republican lawmakers. He again called for bringing American troops home from Syria and Afghanistan.
"Congratulations; that's great", he said, as the women renewed their loud applause.
The distinctions from the president's policies and rhetoric, they say, will be obvious. In a recent appearance before Congress, the nation's intelligence chiefs said that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and that ISIS is still "dangerous".
Abrams then shifted her speech to address the Republican Party more generally, saying hard-working people are falling behind because of Republicans who don't know their constituents.
Abrams narrowly lost a close election in November. Instead, she became the first black woman to deliver a State of the Union response.