President Trump made a prime-time appeal Tuesday night for the success of his divisive and turbulent stewardship, projecting confidence that a strong economy and a reset of U.S. standing in the world has put the nation on the right path.

Trump faced his Democratic adversaries as the Republican-controlled Senate is expected Wednesday to acquit him of House charges that he abused power and sought to obstruct Congress.

“Three years ago, we launched the Great American Comeback,” Trump said. “Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results.”

The speech’s theme is a signal that Trump is eager to move forward after the months-long impeachment proceedings.

Trump, who has now overcome two investigations into his conduct, touted the strong economy while also hitting regular targets like immigration.

The address began at 9 p.m. Eastern time and lasted roughly an hour and a half.

●These are the takeaways from Trump’s speech.

●During the address, Trump awarded Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

●Trump touts his economy as the best ever. The data is mixed.

3:50 a.m.
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Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address, annotated

Trump on Tuesday delivered his annual address from the Capitol, putting him in the room with the House that voted to impeach him in December, and the Senate, which is expected to vote Wednesday to acquit him of the impeachment charges.

The Fix team has produced an annotated transcript of Trump’s remarks. Read more here.

3:45 a.m.
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Pelosi rips up Trump’s speech

As Trump ended his address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took the speech and tore it in two, an instantly viral moment caught on camera.

It was an incredible ending to a partisan standoff, quite a different moment than the 2019 presidential address that had a viral moment when Pelosi appeared to give a mocking clap toward Trump, having just defeated him in a 35-day standoff over a partial government shutdown.

A few minutes later, after most members had left the House floor, Pelosi left the podium and walked down an aisle on the floor, looking to her family, friends and special guests in the box of seats reserved for the speaker. She pulled out the ripped-apart speech and started waving it to her guests, which included her husband, Paul Pelosi, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and others.

One of the customs of the address is that the president brings paper copies of his prepared remarks when he arrives, handing one set to the House speaker and the other to the vice president — who serves as president of the Senate — an official record-keeping maneuver for the two chambers.

Rest assured, the House will need to use another copy of Trump’s remarks for history’s sake. Pelosi placed them in a blue folder and, after a brief huddle with two of her impeachment managers, Reps. Val Demings (D-Fla.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), left the floor.

Later, asked by reporters why she had torn up Trump’s speech, Pelosi replied, “It was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternative.”

3:40 a.m.
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Trump turns State of the Union into a reality TV drama

Leave it to the former TV-star-turned-president to find a way to spice up the State of the Union.

While the annual speech is typically a more mundane affair full of wonkish policy promises that can easily make some voters’ eyes glaze over, Trump used the Tuesday night address to create dramatic moments, doling out the Medal of Freedom, offering a scholarship to a young girl and even reuniting a service member with his family.

In perhaps the most dramatic moment, Trump welcomed Sgt. Townsend Williams of North Carolina back from Afghanistan. He walked into the chamber to be reunited with his wife, Amy, and their two young children. Amy was being honored for her volunteer work helping military families.

Williams hugged his 6-year-old daughter, picked up is 3-year-old son and kissed his wife while the chamber — including many Democrats stood — stood and applauded.

Some were not so happy with Trump’s flair for the dramatic.

“I would have walked out of that #SOTU full of lies but I promised three of my colleagues a ride home,” Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) said in a tweet.

3:35 a.m.
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Trump calls Soleimani strike retaliation, makes no mention of self-defense

Trump celebrated the “flawless” strike that killed top Iranian commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last month and, he claimed, “terminated his evil reign of terror forever.”

Soleimani was the leader of the Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for operations outside of Iran and officially designated by the United States as a terrorist organization. While Soleimani was a powerful figure, his death did not disband the force.

The president summed up the decision to kill Soleimani as a doctrine of sorts directed at terrorists, that “if you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life.”

The Trump administration has projected mixed messages on the Soleimani strike, arguing that it was both retaliation for a December rocket attack that killed a U.S. contractor and self-defense to avoid an imminent attack. A majority of both chambers of Congress supports war powers resolutions to prevent Trump from taking military action against Iran, except in cases of self-defense or where Congress has authorized hostilities.

Trump has delivered conflicting messages about whether he wants troops to remain in the Middle East. During his speech, he did not announce a troop withdrawal but said it is “not our function to serve other nations as a law enforcement agency” and said he is working in Afghanistan “to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home.”

3:30 a.m.
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Trump doesn’t mention climate change but wants to plant a trillion trees

Trump, who is pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord, did not mention climate change during his State of the Union address. But he repeated a pledge he made last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to join the One Trillion Tree initiative, which is encouraging tree planting as a way to absorb carbon dioxide linked to a warming planet.

At the same time, Trump is moving to open 1.8 million acres for logging in Alaska’s Tongass, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest.

The pledge to help plant 1 trillion trees is a policy gaining currency with some House Republicans, who believe the GOP needs to adopt a climate policy in the wake of polling that shows younger Republican voters are increasingly concerned about global warming. At a House Republican policy conference last month, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) gave a presentation about legislation he has been drafting to plant one trillion trees. Westerman said his proposal was well received.

Asked about the Tongass, Westerman said in an interview that logging plans there would be like a six-inch strip on a football field. He said the logging would be less than the natural mortality rate of the Tongass forest.

3:27 a.m.
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Trump’s remarks on guns prompt protest among Democrats

As Trump began discussing Second Amendment rights, a small protest broke out on the Democratic side.

Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), whose 17-year-old son was killed in 2012, stood silently during the president’s remarks. Up above, sitting in the row behind Paul Pelosi, the speaker’s husband, and other special guests of the speaker, Fred Guttenberg stood and started shouting about “my child.”

His 14-year-old daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. Guttenberg’s son, also a student at the school, ran from the shooting to meet him at a nearby store.

Security escorted Guttenberg out of the chamber. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) got up from her chair and bolted straight for the door, leaving the chamber, part of a small rebellion of Democrats who have left Trump’s speech.

Others include Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.).

3:25 a.m.
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Trump awards Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom

In an unusual moment at the State of the Union, Trump awarded conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

First lady Melania Trump tied the blue ribbon around Limbaugh’s neck in the middle of Trump’s speech.

Limbaugh, who recently revealed he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, received a standing ovation from Republicans, with several giving him the thumbs-up.

Democrats, meanwhile, looked on, seemingly flabbergasted as to why an oft-divisive commentator was receiving such a high civilian honor.

Oddly enough, Limbaugh used to be considered the bane of congressional GOP leadership’s existence, blasting bipartisan bills and even Republican policy proposals he did not find conservative enough.

But in a sign of how Trump has united the party — and the new camaraderie among House Republicans in the minority — on Tuesday night, even moderate GOP lawmakers stood.

3:20 a.m.
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‘We will never let socialism destroy American health care,’ Trump says

Trump took a clear swipe at Democrats who have endorsed Medicare-for-all, declaring in his State of the Union that his administration will “never let socialism destroy American health care.”

Republican lawmakers booed as Trump said during the speech that Medicare-for-all would “take away your health care, take away your doctor and abolish private insurance entirely.”

“One hundred thirty-two lawmakers in this room have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our health-care system, wiping out the private health insurance plans of 180 million Americans,” Trump said.

Medicare-for-all has been one of the most contentious issues in the 2020 Democratic presidential field and in the broader party, driving a dividing line between Democrats who have advocated for a government-run system and those who prefer to expand the Affordable Care Act.

Reps. Haley Stevens (Mich.), Angie Craig (Minn.) and Colin Allred (Tex.) — all swing-district House Democrats who flipped Republican-held districts in 2018 — stood to clap at Trump’s vow to “never let socialism destroy American health care.”

3:17 a.m.
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Trump’s claim on ‘factories’ isn’t really about factories

“After losing 60,000 factories under the previous two administrations, America has now gained 12,000 new factories under my administration,” Trump claimed.

“Factories” conjures up images of smokestacks and production lines, but the data Trump cited is not really about factories.

Trump is using a Bureau of Labor Statistics database set known as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The data show that the United States gained 12,000 additional “manufacturing establishments” between the first quarter of 2017 through the second quarter of 2019. (There was also a gain of 10,000 in President Barack Obama’s second term.)

But more than 80 percent of these “manufacturing establishments” employ five or fewer people. If those sound like pretty small factories, that’s because many are not “factories.”

The BLS counts any establishment “engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.” That also includes businesses “that transform materials or substances into new products by hand or in the worker’s home and those engaged in selling to the general public products made on the same premises from which they are sold, such as bakeries, candy stores, and custom tailors.”

3:15 a.m.
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Space Force gets a shout-out

Trump gave a shout-out to his new military branch during the address, highlighting it not with details about what it will do, but with the story of a 13-year-old who “has always dreamed of going to space.”

“It’s called the Space Force. Very important,” Trump said, before introducing Iain Lanphier, who was “first in his class” at an aviation academy, “aspires to go to the Air Force Academy,” and “has his eye on the Space Force.”

Lanphier is the great-grandson of Charles McGee, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen who received an honorary promotion to brigadier general earlier Tuesday. He also participated in the Super Bowl coin toss on Sunday.

Trump also touted the “record-breaking $2.2 trillion” that the country has dedicated to military spending during his presidency and claimed credit for raising “more than $400 billion” in additional contributions from NATO members. The $400 million figure is how much members are expected to contribute by 2024.

3:13 a.m.
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The Fact Checker on Trump’s income inequality figures

“Since my election, the net worth of the bottom half of wage earners has increased by 47 percent — three times faster than the increase for the top 1 percent,” Trump said.

But the president is just spinning here.

Net worth for the bottom half has gone up, but it was from such a low base that it’s pretty silly to call it a boom. People in the bottom half have essentially no wealth — just 1.6 percent of the nation’s wealth — as debts cancel out whatever assets they might have.

The top 5 percent hold more than 70 percent of all net worth in the United States.

3:10 a.m.
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Pelosi shakes head to Trump health-care claims

After keeping her composure for roughly half of Trump’s speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shook her head as Trump turned to health care — promising to “protect [insurance coverage for] preexisting conditions.”

She shook her head again as Trump made a more sweeping claim: “We will always protect your Medicare and always protect your Social Security, always.”

Pelosi earlier in the day joined other Democratic leaders calling on the Trump administration to drop its support for a federal lawsuit that threatens the coverage protections in the Affordable Care Act.

3:05 a.m.
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Clyburn protests Trump, refuses to clap or stand

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) is not happy about being at the State of the Union. The No. 3 House Democrat has refused to clap even when other Democrats joined with their GOP colleagues to salute apolitical comments made by Trump.

While most Democrats have refused to clap for much of anything Trump has said, they did applaud when he recognized three of his guests: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, Lanphier and McGee.

3:00 a.m.
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Trump’s 401(k) claim doesn’t measure up

In touting the country’s economic gains, Trump referenced “increases of 60, 70, 80 and 90 percent and even more” in the value of 401(k) retirement accounts.

Trump often boasts that the value of 401(k) retirement accounts has skyrocketed during his presidency, even though there’s no evidence of such huge gains and the Census Bureau reports only 32 percent of Americans are saving for retirement with such plans.

An analysis by Fidelity Investments showed the average 401(k) balance increased less than 1 percent when comparing the first quarters of 2018 and 2019.