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  • 2019.2.15
  • World news
  • 上級

Partisan investigations will hurt economy, Trump warns in State of Union address

トランプ米大統領が一般教書演説

英文を見る

Facing a divided Congress for the first time in his presidency, Donald Trump warned emboldened Democrats in his State of the Union speech Feb. 5 that “ridiculous partisan investigations” could derail economic progress.

Trump peppered his remarks with calls for bipartisanship, but his message clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation’s capital – as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his path during his next two years in office.

The president’s remarks previewed how he planned to defend himself as the new Democratic House majority launches a flurry of investigations into his administration and personal finances.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” Trump declared.

But with a government shutdown deadline looming, Trump faces a critical decision: whether to call a national emergency to build a wall on the country’s southern border. Such a move would certainly invite legal challenges and further divide the country. (AP)

重要ボキャブラリーを見る

embolden
(動)勇気づける
◆embolden A to do(Aを励まして~させる)
◆Matt was emboldened by Jessica’s attention, so he asked her out to dinner.
(マットはジェシカの注意に励まされたので、彼女を夕食に誘った)

derail
(動)脱線させる、阻止する、頓挫する
◆derail the course of(~の道を踏み外す)
◆Our plans to have a picnic in the park were derailed by the thunderstorm.
(公園でピクニックをするという私たちの計画は、雷雨により頓挫した)
☞derailment(名)脱線

pepper
(名)コショウ
(動)コショウをかける、散らばらせる
◆pepper A with(Aに~を浴びせる)
◆Much to her dismay, Karen found that the final draft of the proposal was peppered with mistakes.

rancorous
(形)恨みのある
◆a rancorous quarrel(恨みによるけんか)
◆After putting up with years of a rancorous atmosphere in the office, Mary decided to find a new job.

flurry
(名)突風、動揺
◆in a flurry(うろたえて)
◆There was a flurry of activity on the train platform this morning as a group of tourists struggled to all fit into one train car.
(団体観光客が1台の車両に乗ろうと奮闘していたので、今朝の電車のホームは慌ただしかった)

legislation
(名)立法、法律
◆the power of legislation(立法権)
◆The city government is considering legislation that will prohibit smoking in all public places.
(市役所は、すべての公共の場での喫煙を禁止する法律を検討している)
☞legislative(形)立法の

loom
(動)不気味に迫る、ぼうっと現れる
◆loom large in the minds of(~の心の中に大きく立ちはだかる)
◆Every student in the class feel the deadline for their final presentations looming on the horizon.
(クラスのどの生徒も、最終プレゼンテーションの締め切りが間近に差し迫っていると感じている)

critical
(形)批判的な、重大な、危機の
◆a critical situation(重大な局面)
◆Bill’s new book met with wild success and critical acclaim.
(ビルの新しい本は大成功だと批評家は称賛した)
☞critically(副)批判的に、きわどく

和訳を見る

Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. What critical decision does Trump face?

  • A) Whether to pay for the wall with his own money or not.
  • B) Whether to call a national emergency or not.
  • C) Whether to give up on the wall or not.

正解を見る

正解は、B
Whether to call a national emergency or not.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. Facing a divided Congress for the first time in his presidency, Donald Trump warned ( ① ) Democrats in his State of the Union speech Feb. 5 that “ridiculous partisan investigations” could ( ② ) economic progress.

  • A) emboldened
  • B) embroidered
  • C) embassy

    • D) entail
    • E) derail
    • F) frail

    正解を見る

    ①の正解は、A
    emboldened

    ②の正解は、E
    derail

    Q2. Trump ( ① ) his remarks with calls for bipartisanship, but his message clashed with the ( ② ) atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation’s capital - as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his path during his next two years in office.

    • A) salted
    • B) roasted
    • C) peppered

      • D) humorous
      • E) rancorous
      • F) glamorous

      正解を見る

      ①の正解は、C
      peppered

      ②の正解は、E
      rancorous

      Q3. The president’s remarks previewed how he planned to defend himself as the new Democratic House majority launches a ( ) of investigations into his administration and personal finances.

      • A) flurry
      • B) fruity
      • C) flute

      正解を見る

      正解は、A
      flurry

      Q4. “If there is going to be peace and ( ), there cannot be war and investigation,” Trump declared.

      • A) regression
      • B) suggestion
      • C) legislation

      正解を見る

      正解は、C
      legislation

      Q5. But with a government shutdown deadline ( ① ), Trump faces a ( ② ) decision: whether to call a national emergency to build a wall on the country’s southern border.

      • A) booming
      • B) looming
      • C) zooming

        • D) critical
        • E) craved
        • F) converse

        正解を見る

        ①の正解は、B
        looming

        ②の正解は、D
        critical

        Speaking practice

        Q1. Do you think that building a border wall will help or hurt the United States? Please explain. ※この問題に解答はありません

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