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The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States, as well as commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The president is indirectly elected to a four-year term by the people through the Electoral College.
The office of president was established in the U.S. Constitution in 1789, making it one of the world’s oldest extant republics. The current president is Donald Trump, who assumed office on January 20, 2017. His term will expire on January 20, 2021, unless he is reelected to a second term.
USA’s 45th president, Donald Trump, has been impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, making him the third president in American history to be impeached. The vote was largely along party lines, with Democrats in support and Republicans against. The trial will now move to the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is required to convict and remove Trump from office.
The House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump
The House of Representatives has voted to impeach US President Donald Trump on two charges – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The vote means Mr Trump, a Republican, will become the third US president in history to be impeached. He denies any wrongdoing.
The charges relate to Mr Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which is at the centre of an impeachment inquiry.
In a statement released after the vote, Mr Trump said he was “very disappointed” in Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House. “She has done a great disservice to our country,” he said.
Ms Pelosi accused Republicans of being complicit in Mr Trump’s actions. “The president will be held accountable,” she said following the vote.
The impeachment process now moves to the Senate, where a trial will be held to decide whether Mr Trump should be removed from office.
The Senate acquits Trump
On Wednesday, the Senate acquitted President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment, bringing an end to more than a month of proceedings that began with histrial in the House.
Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from his actions surrounding Ukrainian military aid and a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The vote to acquit Trump was largely along party lines, with only one Republican senator, Mitt Romney of Utah, voting to convict the president on the charge of abuse of power. No Democrats voted to acquit Trump.
The acquittal means Trump can remain in office for the remainder of his term, and he is eligible to run for reelection in 2020.
Trump’s State of the Union address
President Donald Trump will give his State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 4. The president is expected to talk about the economy, trade, and infrastructure. He is also expected to touch on immigration and national security.
Highlights from the speech
President Trump delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night, making a case for his reelection while touching on a number of topics, including immigration, trade, infrastructure and pre-existing medical conditions.
Here are some key highlights from the speech:
“The time has come for Congress to finally close the disastrous loopholes that have allowed drugs, criminals and gangs to pour into our country.”
“If you want to build something great in America, you need American iron, aluminum and steel.”
“I am asking Congress to pass legislation that invests $1 trillion in our crumbling infrastructure.”
On pre-existing medical conditions:
“Protecting patients with pre-existing conditions is a top priority for my Administration.”
Reactions to the speech
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted that Trump’s “record on truth and decency is abysmal.”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), another 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, also took to Twitter to say Trump delivered a “phony speech.”
“The president just gave a phony speech about unity. If he wants unity, he should start by obeying the constitution,” Harris tweeted.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another 2020 contender, said on Twitter that Trump is “not interested in uniting our country — he’s interested in dividing us.”
Trump’s budget proposal
Trump has submitted his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year to the Congress. The proposal includes cuts to many social programs, as well as an increase in military spending. This has caused a lot of backlash from Democrats and some Republicans.
Highlights from the proposal
Trump’s budget proposal seeks to increase defense spending by $54 billion and homeland security by $2.8 billion, while making significant cuts to other government programs.
The proposal would cut the EPA’s budget by 31 percent, the State Department’s by 28 percent and the Department of Agriculture’s by 21 percent. It would also eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Trump has said that his budget priorities are “rebuilding the military, securing the borders and providing tax relief for American families.”
Reactions to the proposal
Reactions to the proposal have been mixed, with some people praising Trump for his fiscal responsibility, and others criticizing him for making cuts to important programs.
Some of the most controversial aspects of the proposal include cuts to programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and environmental protection. Trump’s budget would also eliminate the Affordable Care Act, which has provided health insurance to millions of Americans.
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All in all, it has been an eventful year for the US Presidential Election. While there have been many changes and surprises, one thing remains clear: the race is far from over. The candidates will continue to campaigned hard in the coming months, and it is sure to be an interesting race to watch.