November 18, 2017

Trump’s First Address to Congress

Washington—On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed Congress for the first time since his inauguration. Along with Trump’s signature topics of secure borders and tightened immigration, key themes including putting America first to stop the shrinking of the middle class and to care for the inner cities, rather than exporting jobs and wealth elsewhere. Trump also laid emphasis on halting the flow of illegal drugs into the country.

In terms of setting an agenda for Congress, Trump stressed tax reform to encourage businesses, as well as tax relief for the middle class and a massive infrastructure spending program (a plan that remains controversial among conservatives). He specifically called for repeal and replacement of Obamacare, “with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and, at the same time, provide better healthcare.”

The President also called for massive increases in national defense spending, as well as for care of veterans. Nonetheless, he added, “America is better off when there is less conflict…. The only long-term solution … is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long, long process of rebuilding.”

The full text of the speech can be found here.