An 'alarmed' Trump says the U.S. 'will never be a socialist country'

Donald Trump.
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President Trump blasted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, two weeks after the U.S. recognized Juan Guaidó as its interim president.

Because of Maduro's "socialist policies," Venezuela is now in "a state of abject poverty and despair," Trump said. He then tried to tie such policies to democratic socialists in the U.S., saying, "Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control." 


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