President Donald J. Trump gave his first State of The Union last night.
“Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.”
President Donald J. Trump
President Trump’s Speech
The President gave a clear message during his speech: America is back in business.
The State of The Union (SOTU) was introduced with a reminder of the natural disasters that occurred last year across the country. Pres. Trump invited to the SOTU Ashlee Leppert, an aviation electronics technician in the United States Coast Guard, and David Dahlberg, a fire prevention technician in southern California. Leppert rescued dozens of Americans throughout last years hurricane season. Dahlberg saved 62 children and staff members from a raging wildfire that encircled their camp last July. This kicked off his speech on the premise of unity. Americans united more than ever before, donating millions of dollars to local and federal disaster-relief charities.
Pres. Trump then moved on to the booming economy, which Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hinted would be a focus in the speech on Fox and Friends earlier that day. “Most Americans look at it by the economy, and there is no denying that the economy is certainly better under this president than it has been under the previous administration. We’re really excited about talking about our successes of the first year, but even more so what we’re gonna accomplish over the next seven years…” she said.
Pres. Trump highlighted the multiple economic accomplishments that have resulted from his policies.
“Unemployment claims have hit a 45 year low. African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history. Small business confidence is at an all-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion dollars in value. That’s great news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, and college savings accounts.”
“THIS is our New American Moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream. So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you’ve been, or where you come from, THIS IS YOUR TIME.”
President Donald J. Trump
Patriotism was alive and well in the audience as Preston Sharp was introduced. Sharp organized the placement of more than 40,000 American flags and red carnations on the graves of soldiers in the past few years.
“Our motto is “In God We Trust”. And we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support… Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”
Aiding our country’s Veterans has been a prominent focus of this administration.
“And we are serving our brave Veterans — including giving our Veterans Choice in their healthcare decisions. Last year, Congress also passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act. Since its passage, my Administration has already removed more than 1,500 VA employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve — and we are hiring talented people who love our Vets as much as we do. I will not stop until our Veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this great journey.”
Since the beginning of the campaign, Pres. Trump has promised to bring back the coal mining industry and to make America energy independent.
“We have ended the war on American energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world. In Detroit, I halted government mandates that crippled America’s autoworkers — so we can get the Motor City revving its engines once again.”
Pres. Trump spoke on revitalizing our public health system, arguing for easier access to safer pharmaceutical drugs, and more accessible treatment.
“To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, last year the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our history. We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives. People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home. It’s time for Congress to give these wonderful Americans the right to try.”
Viewers were reminded that this country is full of builders. The President called for bi-partisan support for infrastructure aid.
“I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve. Tonight, I am calling on Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion dollars for the new infrastructure investment we need. Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.”
More of the Presidents guests were introduced to show the damaging effects of our current immigration system: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens, the parents of two women murdered last September by MS-13.
“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They’ve allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives… Tonight I am calling on Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents so that this cannot ever happen again.”
After having declared the opioid crisis a Public Health Emergency, this administration has proven itself to be dedicated to healing communities devastated by drug-use and overdose.
“These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction. In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses. 174 deaths per day. 7 per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge. My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult- but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.”
The President reminded Congress of the need for our military to be strong and fully funded. As ISIS loses land and fighters en masse, it’s now more important than ever before to secure dangerous regions overseas to prevent the resurgence of terrorist organizations.
“Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy and our values. In confronting these dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defense. For this reason, I am asking Congress to END the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military. As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.”
The President reminded us of the brutal and heartbreaking story of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who returned to the states last year in a coma, and later died, after being tortured in North Korea for allegedly attempting to steal a poster.
“But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea. North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening. Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position. We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our allies.”
The last guest to be introduced was Ji Sung-ho, who was once a starving boy living in North Korea. Pres. Trump told his tragic, yet inspiring story.
“One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover, and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth. Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China… It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America. It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. But it was home to an incredible people with a revolutionary idea: that they could rule themselves. That they could chart their own destiny. And that, together, they could light up the world. That is what our country has always been about. That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done.”
“The State of Our Union is strong.”
“As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God — WE WILL NOT FAIL. Our families will THRIVE. Our People will PROSPER. AND OUR NATION WILL FOREVER BE SAFE AND STRONG AND PROUD AND MIGHTY AND FREE!”
President Donald J. Trump
Guests of The President
Viewers of the SOTU took to Twitter to voice their support for the President and to give their opinions on his speech.
Liz Wheeler, One America News Network
“BTW this speech is brilliantly written. Introducing stories of heroic Americans who make this country exceptional… and using those people to illustrate WHY we need the policies Trump is pushing. Work of a very stable genius right there. #SOTU”
– Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler)
Guy Benson, Townhall
“#ProTip to Democrats: You can dislike POTUS intensely and disagree with most of his policies… and still applaud objectively good news for the American people. #SOTU”
“Trump opening the speech with a litany of stirring examples of Americans coming together to help one another. #SOTU”
– Guy Benson (@guypbenson)
Kassy Dillon, Lone Conservative
“The Republicans just stood up for paid family leave and the Democrats didn’t… what is going on here? #SOTU”
– Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon)
Tomi Lahren, Fox News
“When you hear the stories from North Korea and elsewhere it is clear and evident we live in the greatest nation on the face of the Earth. That’s why we stand for the flag & the anthem. We stand because we are blessed to be Americans. #SOTU”
“Tonight isn’t about memos, fake news, free things or illegal immigrants. It’s not even about Trump. It’s about YOU. It’s about US. The American People”
– Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren)
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