Going into his first address to congress, the word was that President Trump needed to deliver a home run to reset his relationship with congress. He did better than that, Donald Trump delivered a grand slam!
Five weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress and for the first time since he came down the escalator in Trump Tower to announce his campaign, he looked and sounded presidential. This was an optimistic and empathetic President Trump. He didn’t abandon the policies that got him elected, but changed the way he talked about them and in doing so, he may have broadened his appeal beyond his supporters and his party.
President Trump reached out to the millions of Americans who did not vote for him. Sadly the Democrats in attendance slapped away the president’s out-reached hand.
He opened his speech with a message about bigotry
Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.
And he peppered his speech with appeals for unity and for people on both parts of the aisle to put aside long-standing disputes to work toward a common goal of bettering the lives of Americans. He insisted that both sides of the aisle should help craft his agenda.
“The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us”
(…)”My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make child care accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women’s health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure,”
(…)True love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every American child who deserves a brighter future.
Trump talked about his program for economic recovery. He repeated his vow to fix the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure with a $1 trillion program financed by public and private capital and explained that slashing regulations and tax cuts for business and the middle class would jump-start the economy.
The president called for lawmakers to work with him illegal immigration, he spoke about the wall, a new office within DHS to help victims of crimes by illegal aliens, but also called for the two parties to get together on the hot button issue of immigration reform:
I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws. If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.
And he called for both parties to work together on Obamacare…
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