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Biden describes the state of the union as ‘strong,’ says Russian flights unwelcome in US airspace, speaks out against defunding the police

While delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is moving to ban all Russian flights from American airspace in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Biden also reiterated that U.S. forces will not engage with Russia in Ukraine, noting that America and its allies will defend all NATO territory.

The president, who continues to remain underwater on various job approval polls, also spoke against defunding the police. The policy is promoted by some Democrats, but strongly opposed by many Americans.

“We should all agree the answer is not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police,” he declared.

Biden described the state of the American union as “strong,” claiming that the country is stronger now than one year ago and that it will be even stronger one year in the future.

President Joe Biden delivers 2022 State of the Union address — 3/1/2022

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“Worst State of the Union address in the history of our Nation,” Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini tweeted.

“The State of the Union is doomed,” Todd Starnes tweeted.

“Trash fire of a president giving a trash fire State of the Union because under him, the state of our union is a trash fire,” Ben Shapiro tweeted.

Several GOP lawmakers had previously indicated that they would skip Biden’s State of the Union speech. “I’m healthy, so I won’t be taking a test for COVID… so I won’t be attending the #SOTU,” Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeted.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered the GOP response to Biden’s speech, declaring that “it feels like President Biden and his party have sent us back in time to the late ’70s and early ’80s, when runaway inflation was hammering families, a violent crime wave was crashing our cities, and the Soviet army was trying to redraw the world map.”

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