President Trump's Second State of the Union Address (2019)

President Trump delivered his second State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019. The President broadly outlined his agenda on both foreign and domestic issues. Here are 25 vocabulary words drawn from the President's address. The full transcript of the speech can be found here.
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  1. empowerment
    the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
    As part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere, this Thursday we are launching the first ever Government-wide initiative focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries.
  2. agenda
    a list of matters to be taken up, as at a meeting
    The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda.
  3. infrastructure
    basic facilities needed for the functioning of a country
    Many of us campaigned on the same core promises: to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers; to rebuild and revitalize our Nation's infrastructure; to reduce the price of healthcare and prescription drugs; to create an immigration system that is safe, lawful, modern and secure; and to pursue a foreign policy that puts America's interests first.
  4. redefine
    give a new or different meaning to
    In the 20th century, America saved freedom, transformed science, and redefined the middle class standard of living for the entire world to see.
  5. resurgence
    bringing again into activity and prominence
    As we work to defend our people's safety, we must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace.
  6. immigration
    movement of persons into a place
    Many of us campaigned on the same core promises: to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers; to rebuild and revitalize our Nation's infrastructure; to reduce the price of healthcare and prescription drugs; to create an immigration system that is safe, lawful, modern and secure; and to pursue a foreign policy that puts America's interests first.
  7. revitalize
    give new life or vigor to
    Many of us campaigned on the same core promises: to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers; to rebuild and revitalize our Nation's infrastructure; to reduce the price of healthcare and prescription drugs; to create an immigration system that is safe, lawful, modern and secure; and to pursue a foreign policy that puts America's interests first.
  8. calamitous
    having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences
    To build on our incredible economic success, one priority is paramount -- reversing decades of calamitous trade policies.
  9. stalemate
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    Together, we can break decades of political stalemate.
  10. travesty
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
    But I don't blame China for taking advantage of us -- I blame our leaders and representatives for allowing this travesty to happen.
  11. genocide
    systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
    We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants "Death to America" and threatens genocide against the Jewish people.
  12. depleted
    no longer sufficient
    Meanwhile, working class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal migration -- reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools and hospitals, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.
  13. rekindle
    arouse again
    This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.
  14. tariff
    a government tax on imports or exports
    Therefore, we recently imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods -- and now our Treasury is receiving billions of dollars a month from a country that never gave us a dime.
  15. confront
    oppose, as in hostility or a competition
    Over the last 2 years, my Administration has moved with urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades.
  16. disparity
    inequality or difference in some respect
    Alice's story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing -- and the need to remedy this injustice.
  17. bipartisan
    supported by both sides
    Now is the time for bipartisan action.
  18. viciously
    in a brutal manner
    Just months ago, 11 Jewish-Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
  19. hurtle
    move with or as if with a rushing sound
    When American soldiers set out beneath the dark skies over the English Channel in the early hours of D-Day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 and 19, hurtling on fragile landing craft toward the most momentous battle in the history of war.
  20. regime
    the governing authority of a political unit
    We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom -- and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.
  21. principled
    based on objectively defined standards of rightness
    Our approach is based on principled realism -- not discredited theories that have failed for decades to yield progress.
  22. disproportionate
    out of proper balance
    This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community.
  23. coercion
    using force to cause something to occur
    America was founded on liberty and independence --- not government coercion, domination, and control.
  24. vibrant
    vigorous and animated
    Our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before.
  25. unprecedented
    novel; having no earlier occurrence
    In just over 2 years since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom -- a boom that has rarely been seen before.

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