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President Trump delivers first State of the Union address

Posted: 4:18 PM, Jan 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-30 23:37:27-05
LIVE: Trump's first State of the Union address
LIVE: Trump's first State of the Union address
LIVE: Trump's first State of the Union address

WASHINGTON D.C. -- President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Throughout the speech, the President spoke about immigration and the proposed border wall among other topics.

Trump called for an end to chain migration, causing loud boos from the Democrats. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi extended her hands in an attempt to quiet colleagues during the groans.

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Many lawmakers say the reference is offensive because it discredits an immigration system that is family-centric. 

Trump also called on Congress to “set politics aside” and overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

During his speech, Trump said his administration is waging a “maximum pressure” campaign to prevent North Korea from threatening the homeland.

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Trump called for Congress to remove budget caps on defense spending and fully fund the U.S. military.

The President also said he wants to include a nuclear arsenal so strong and powerful it will deter any acts of aggression.

Trump added that maybe someday there will come a “magical moment” when nations will unite and eliminate nuclear weapons but noted “we are not there yet.”

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Trump asked Congress to pass legislation that would generate at least $1.5 trillion to upgrade the nation’s roads, bridges and overall infrastructure.

Trump’s first State of the Union clocked in at one hour and 20 minutes, making the speech one of the longest State of the Union addresses in recent history.

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President Bill Clinton’s final State of the Union in 2000 was more than an hour and 28 minutes.

Watch Trump's full State of the Union address in the player below: