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This year US astronauts will go back to space in American rockets, says Trump in State of the Union address

Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Feb 06, 2019, 07.54 AM (IST)

President Donald Trump told Americans in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that the state of the economy was strong and it was growing twice as fast.

"We must create a new standard of living in the 21st century," he said, adding, "the decision is ours to make."

"Tonight I ask you to choose greatness," he said as the Congress applauded.

"This year US astronauts will go back to space on American rockets, the president said while introducing Buzz Aldrin who walked on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

"Have confronted problems that have been ignored in decades," the US president said.

"Have created 5.3 billion new jobs," he told the American Congress. "Nearly 5 billion Americans have been taken off food stamps." "Child credit tax has been doubled." 

"We have passed historic reforms."

"The US economy is growing twice as fast today," he asserted. 

"Unemployment reached the lowest rate in half a century," he said. "We are now net exporter of energy." 

"Our military is the most powerful in the world," he told the Congress.