Recap of Trump's Address to Congress

March 2, 2017

 

 

Here is a recap of last night’s speech by President Trump. 

 

He opened it by honoring Black History Month, then condemned the bomb threats against Jewish centers, and the shooting of an Indian immigrant last week in Kansas City. 

 

The president compared his election with an earthquake — by tens of millions of people who wanted to make America great again.

 

Trump said since he was elected, many companies have announced they would invest billions into the U.S. and create thousands of new American jobs, and that the stock market has gained almost 3 trillion dollars in value — (now the DOW is above 21,000 points).  

 

Trump repeated his promise to build a great wall and defend America from radical Islamic terrorism. He said his administration is working on a plan to destroy ISIS.

 

He said we need to make it easier for companies to do business in the U.S. and harder for them to leave. He called for fair trade with other countries. Trump said he would reduce taxes on American companies and introduce tax relief for the middle class. 

 

The president said he will ask Congress to approve a $1 trillion investment in U.S. infrastructure, financed with public and private funds. 

 

He asked Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare — saying in order to make insurance available to everybody, the cost must be lower. He emphasized access to insurance for people with pre-existing conditions and called for a reduction in high medical and prescription costs.

 

President Trump then introduced to the audience Megan Crowley. She has a rare disease (Pompe Disease) and was not expected to live past 5, but because his father wouldn’t give up on fighting to find a cure for her, she is now 20 and a Notre Dame college student. Trump said the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) needed to reduce its approval process in order to create more medical advances. 

 

He introduced Kenisha Merriweather, saying she was raised in poverty, struggled in school, failing 3rd grade twice, but after getting a tax credit scholarship to a private school, she is the first in her family to graduate from both high school and college. Trump said millions of African-American and Latino children should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or home school that is right for them. 

 

Trump then recognized police officers and sheriffs, saying we must work with them, not against them. He then introduced four people who had a family member murdered by a undocumented immigrant. Trump called for a new government outreach office named Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) and said we will always honor their memory. 

 

The president then called for a huge increase in military spending and called for more funding for veterans, saying they have delivered for our nation and we must deliver for them. 

In the most emotional moment of the night, Trump introduced Carryn Owens, who is the widow of William Owens — the first American solider to die under Trump’s administration. Trump said he was a hero.

 

The camera and the audience’s eyes was on Carryn for several minutes as she struggled to hold back tears with a thunderous standing ovation from the audience. Ivanka was standing beside her. Trump said we would never forget him and that he broke a record (because of the long applause). 

 

[Note: This was an important moment for Trump — because William Owens’ father recently criticized President Trump for approving this mission only a week after he was inaugurated and said his death was unnecessary. The father refused to meet with Trump when he came to visit his casket — and has called for an investigation. Trump has defended himself by saying the mission was planned during the Obama administration and that generals endorsed the mission. Trump said even though there was a death, that it was a successful operation with valuable information obtained.]

 

Back to the speech — Trump said in 1876 — which is America’s 100-year anniversary — various inventors, including Alexander Graham Bell (who we the Deaf people call an audist) displayed their creations and that Graham invented the telephone (which many of us dispute), then pointed to what we could create by our 250th year (in 2026). He called for cures to diseases, space travel, reduction in poverty, safety, and prosperity. 

 

The President closed his speech by asking all citizens to embrace the renewal of the American spirit, asking all members of Congress to join him in dreaming big and bold, and asked everybody watching to believe in themselves, their future, and in America. 

 

Transcript: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/trump-congress-video-transcript.html

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