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Donald Trump Congress Speech Video

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Donald Trump Congress Speech Video

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President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night in his biggest speech since taking office. Watch the president’s full address in the video below.

Trump’s major speech was similar in nature to a State of the Union address, but wasn’t officially considered one as presidents are traditionally in office for a year before giving such a statement. Instead, his speech was dubbed an “address to a joint session” of Congress. Among those in attendance for the address, which was delivered from the Capitol in Washington D.C., was Vice President Mike Pence, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as the confirmed members of Trump’s Cabinet.

The president began by saying, “Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and citizens of America, tonight as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path towards civil rights and the work that still remains to be done. Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting Kansas City, remind us we are… a nation that is united in condemning evil in all of its ugly forms.”

“I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart. A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning,” Trump said, calling for “optimism” and the “renewal of the American spirit.” Noting America’s 250th birthday is coming up, he asked, “What kind of country will we leave for our children?”

Trump said a “rebellion” started in 2015, and the “quiet voices became a loud chorus,” and then an “earthquake.” Now, he said, a month into his presidency, “we will keep our promises to the American people.” But there seemed to be some laughs from Democrats when the president said he had already started “draining the swamp” of government corruption. Still, his vows to deregulate government and increase jobs received much applause from Republicans.

The president said his administration has “answered the pleas of the American people on immigration and border security.” He went on, “For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our Southern border,” and said the “bad ones are going out as I speak, and as I promised throughout the campaign.” Trump referenced both domestic and foreign terrorist attacks as reason to fight radical Islamic terrorism and forbid immigration from places “where proper vetting cannot occur.”

“We cannot allow our country to become a sanctuary for extremists,” Trump said, vowing to “demolish and destroy ISIS.” He “reaffirmed our alliance with the state of Israel,” and said he “kept my promise to appoint a justice to the Supreme Court… who will defend our constitution.” The president then asked the Senate to “swiftly approve his nomination.”

Trump then decried the national debt, job loss, and “tragic foreign policy disaster” that occurred before he took office. But to fix such issues, he called for bipartisanship, beginning with a focus on the economy. As part of that, he suggested a “merit-based” immigration system so legal immigrants are not a financial drain on society. “If we are guided by the well-being of the American citizen, I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades,” the president said.

He then turned his attention to infrastructure and “our national rebuilding,” an “effort guided by two core principles: Buy American and hire American.” Next came a plea to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” The president promised to lower the cost of health insurance. “Obamacare’s collapsing, and we must act decisively to protect all Americans,” Trump said amid both boos and applause.

“Everything that’s broken in our country can be fixed,” Trump declared, going on ask, “So why not join forces and finally get the job done, and get it done right? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite.” Calls for attention to paid family leave, women’s health, clean air, and clean water followed.

Trump went on to say, “Education is the civil rights issue of our time,” and announced his plan for new legislation to help lower-income families choose schooling, in hopes of “break[ing] the cycle of poverty.” That was then linked to the “cycle of violence,” with a reference to Chicago, and a need to “work with, not against, the men and women of law enforcement.” He further called for “support for victims of crime” with a new office called “VOICE,” for “Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.” That also received both boos and cheers.

One of the president’s favorite words, “win,” came up when he spoke of military fighting. He went on to say, “Our veterans have delivered for our nation, and now we must deliver for them.” To the widow of the recently-slain Navy SEAL, Trump said, “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.” He promised “robust, meaningful engagement” with the world and said his government “strongly supports NATO,” but vowed his priority is to “represent the United States of America.”

Looking back at innovations and ahead to the future, Trump said, “Imagine the wonders America can achieve in our 250th year.” He went on, “When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before… but we can only get there together. We are one people with one destiny.”

“We will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American greatness began… The time for trivial fights is behind us,” the president insisted, a statement that got a mixed response. He then concluded, “I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment, believe in yourselves, believe in your future, and believe once more in America. Thank you, god bless you, and god bless the United States.”

Check out the full video below, beginning at the 30-minute mark. Click to see celebrity reaction to Trump’s speech.

 


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