Trump's unity State of the Union gets 76% approval rating

US President Donald Trump’s plea for national unity in last night’s State of the Union address received an overwhelmingly positive response from those Americas watching.

Trump started off by saying: “I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans. Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now, gathered in this great chamber, hoping that we will govern not as two parties but as one nation.”

He declared the “state of our union” as “strong” as those watching chanted “USA”.

The President tackled the issue of immigration head on, saying: “The lawless state of our Southern Border is a threat to the safety, security and financial well-being of all Americans.”

Describing tolerance of illegal immigration as “not compassionate” he of course addressed the issue of the wall: “The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities.

“Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives. So let’s work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.”

Trump announced a new meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, claiming: “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. Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one. Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.”

In a touching moment he paid tribute to war veterans in attendance.

He acknowledged the record number of women in Congress and chants of “USA” broke out.

And towards the end, Trump once again reiterated the need for an alliance that transcended party politics: “I ask the men and women of this Congress: Look at the opportunities before us!

“Our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. Our most exciting journeys still await. Our biggest victories are still to come. We have not yet begun to dream. We must choose whether we are defined by our differences – or whether we dare to transcend them.”

An instant poll by CBS found that 76% of those watching the speech approved of what they heard, including 72% approved of his ideas on immigration.

Even CNN reported that 76% of Americans had a positive response to the speech, including 59% who were ‘very positive’.

The mainstream media are likely to give you snippets and largely ignore the overwhelmingly positive response, so here’s the full speech for you to make your own mind up: