“Americans are dreamers, too.”
On Tuesday evening, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address.
The President’s speech covered a wide range of topics from illegal immigration and the booming economy to prison reform and foreign policy.
The President kicked things off early, with a clear snub included to the Anthem kneelers by recognizing a young man who started an initiative to put flowers and flags on Veteran graves.
On education, there was what one could call a subtle nod to the efforts of Mike Rowe as he called on Congress to “invest in workforce development and job training” and “open great vocational schools.”
“We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity,” President Trump said. “Let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.”
One of the memorable moments of the night was the President’s strong words on combating and eliminating ISIS.
“Last year I pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the earth. One year later, I’m proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated,” said the President.
Trump took a big swipe at the Obama administration which allowed countries like North Korea and Iran to become serious threats.
“Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of the past Administrations that got us into this dangerous position,” said the President.
President Trump also touted the recent historic tax cuts.
“Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the Middle Class and small businesses,” said the President.
“Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker,” said President Trump.
The President spoke about cutting through the D.C. bureaucracy, the removal of Obama era regulations and the Obama administration’s war on American energy.
“In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history,” said President Trump.
“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,” said Trump.
Near the end of his speech, the President said that “”Atop the dome of this Capitol stands the Statue of Freedom. She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought and lived and died to protect her.”
He went on to call it a “living monument and his remarks were met with loud applause and chants of USA! USA!
On his way out of the Chamber, President Trump addressed the calls to ‘release the memo’.
According to media reports, Rep. Jeff Duncan called out to Trump asking him to release the House Intelligence Committee’s FISA memo. President Trump allegedly turned to Rep. Duncan and said: “Oh yeah, don’t worry, 100 percent.”
His speech seemed to deliberately avoid using the word “I” as was the hallmark of President Obama’s SOTU speeches. Instead, Trump opted to use the word “we” through his speech.
Highlighted excerpts have been posted online at the White House website. His full remarks can also be viewed at the White House website. View the guest bios and image gallery here and images of Trump meeting with guests can be viewed here.
Polling on last night’s SOTU should have the Democrats very worried.
Three-quarters of Americans approved of Trump’s speech.
But it gets worse for the Democrat’s and the ‘resistance’:
“Eight in 10 Americans who watched tonight felt that the president was trying to unite the country, rather than divide it.”
Details of this poll are at CBS. Even CNN’s poll had the speech viewed as positive.
The Big Moments
Biggest moments of the night included the Democrats booing, refusing to clap or stand when Trump praised America, our flag, and our economic accomplishments over the last year, and Nancy Pelosi’s bizarre facial movements.
The Democrats and the Black Caucus sat silently while the President spoke about the lowest black unemployment in our nation’s history.
Other big moments included Trump calling attention to two families in the gallery whose children were murdered by MS-13 gang members and the parents of Otto Warmbier, the student who was tortured by North Korea and then sent home to die.
One of the most memorable moments followed the President’s remarks to the Warmbier’s. North Korean defector and refugee Ji Seong-ho was in the audience received a huge round of applause as the President recognized him.
On the subject of illegal immigration and MS-13 gang violence, the President called for ‘loopholes’ to be closed that allow for violent illegals to “break into our country.”
This was one of the more awkward moments for the Democrats, who began booing loudly until President Trump introduced two families of two young girls who were brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members.
What do you say about this borrowing/debt problem? Very concerning that he doesn’t mention how to pay for everything:
Personally, our debt is toxic to this country and sadly that has been the case for the better part of my adult life.
As to why it was not in the SOTU — I can only guess; he’s waiting to start plugging entitlement reforms and fat cutting initiatives until after Congress does their spending bill this week. Had it been in the SOTU it would have muddied the message he apparently wants out here right now (DACA, MS-13, Wall).
The House is the one with the purse strings and Congress overall has failed to reduce spending for as long as I can remember.
During the SOTU, at the moment that President Trump introduced the families of the two young girls brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members, Sarah Westwood, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner, tweeted out the following:
“Dems are legitimately booing as Trump turns to highlight the parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants in gangs #SOTU” aka the moment when a so-called journalist demotes his or herself from “journalist” or “reporter” to propagandist.