President Trump did his homework before addressing Congress last night. Here are the highlights of his speech.
After last night’s Congressional Address, I don’t know whether to feel relieved or frightened about Trump. For what seems like the first time, President Trump sounded reasonably presidential. Either he’s more level-headed than I previously thought, or he’s gotten more adept at spinning an intricate web of lies that traditional politicians call policy.
Trump began by honoring Black History Month and acknowledging “the work that still remains to be done” in the fight for civil rights. He then condemned the recent reports of anti-semitic terrorist threats and the shooting of two men in Kansas.
Trump often employed dramatic but vivid language, comparing his early supporters to a soft cry that led to “a loud chorus,” which then “became an earthquake.”
“America must put its own citizens first because only then, can we truly make America great again.”
After emphasizing a sense of unity and renewal in this “new chapter” of American politics, President Trump reported on his “progress” made thus far. He covered a lot of policies, so here are the bullet points:
Trump stated that companies such as Ford, Intel, Walmart, and many others will invest billions in the United States and create tens of thousands of new American jobs.
Trump will institute lobbying bans, including a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.
A “deregulating task force inside every government agency” is in the works to “reduce job-crushing regulation.” Trump also stated that “for every one regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.”
The president also plans to “stop regulations threatening the future and livelihood of our great coal miners,” which then segued to his continuing the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines. The president claims this controversial executive order will create tens of thousands of American jobs. President Trump continued backing the pipelines be asserting that “new American pipelines” will “be made with American steel.”
President Trump revealed that he will withdraw the U. S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Trump has worked with Justin Trudeau in forming a “council to ensure women entrepreneurs have access” to the resources needed “to start business and live out their financial dreams.”
The president is forming a task force to reduce violent crime, along with an “aggressive strategy to dismantle criminal cartels.”
President Trump insisted that illegal immigration is one of the greatest threats to our country. He promised improved vetting procedures and to instate the “rule of law at our borders” and start “construction of a great, great wall along our southern border.”
“The bad ones are going out as I speak.”
President Trump said he will continue the fight against “Radical. Islamic. Terrorism.” He then promised to “demolish and destroy Isis” with the help of our “allies in the Muslim world.”
After outlining all his accomplishments thus far, President Trump revealed his promises for the future:
“I believe strongly in free trade but it also has to be fair trade.”
Trump insists on putting “America first” in terms of global economics. The president wants to make it “easier to do business” in the United States and “harder for companies to leave” the U. S. Trump argued that American companies suffer heavy taxes on exports to other nations, using Harley Davidson as an example.
“Buy American. Hire American.”
The president promised a “massive tax relief for the middle class,” stating that “we must create level playing field for American companies and our workers.”
Trump revealed that the U. S. will switch to a merit-based immigration system, which requires those seeking to enter our country to be able to support themselves financially.
President Trump plans to invest in a national infrastructure program to rebuild our bridges, roads, and highways.
“Imploding. Obamacare. Disaster.”
The president promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, a statement that earned a standing ovation as well as some boos. The president plans to lower costs and provide better health care by creating a more competitive market amongst insurance companies, along with instating tax credits and health savings accounts. The president also promised a “stable transition for Americans” to the new healthcare system.
President Trump very briefly mentioned “invest[ing] in women’s health” and “promot[ing] clean air and clean water.”
“Education is the civil rights issue of our time.”
Trump introduced an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, “including millions of African American and latino children.”
Our “children will grow up in a nation of miracles.”
The president insisted that “we must break the cycle of violence” by working “with, not against, the men and women of law enforcement.”
President Trump also intends to rebuild our military with the “largest increase in national defense spending in American history.”
Near the end of his speech, the president stated that “America is friends today with former enemies,” obviously trying to warm us up to the idea of being allies with Putin.
There you have it. As opposed to the unhinged ranting and raving we’ve grown accustomed to, President Trump sounded like a real politician. If Trump’s goal was to be taken seriously, he succeeded with last night’s speech.
No longer can we attribute Trump’s agenda to empty, symbolic campaign promises. President Trump is shedding his reality TV persona and adopting a formidable new demeanor. Trump is bringing his policies into fruition, and this fresh start as president seems more worrisome than the orange troll doll that over sixty million Americans voted for.