Washington, D.C. - Using broad terms, U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress in Washington D.C., laying out his vision for the country.
A month and a half into his presidency, The White House insisted afterwards that Trump's main intention was to be unite Americans. Overall, Trump appeared to have a more positive tone as compared to his previous speeches.
The President began his speech with discussion of the anti-Semitic acts that have been occurring in the past few weeks, such as tombstones being toppled in cemeteries or the shooting in Kansas City.
“Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” Trump said.
With an update on immigration, Trump asserted that the increase of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. also brings in more drugs; however, he cannot fully blame the immigrants for the increase in the amount of opioids and other types of drugs in the country. According to a NBC News report, more than 2,500 people have been killed since 2015 by overdoses alone. This is more than car crashes and gun violence.
Trump did mention how he will expand treatments for those dealing with drug addiction.
“We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted,” Trump said.
In regards to possible terrorist attacks looming in this country, President Trump restated his thoughts on a revised travel ban.
“We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America — we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.”
Trump went on to express that he directed the Department of Defense to “develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS…”
Trump later reported that the United States has spent about 6 trillion dollars in the Middle East alone while America's own infrastructure has fallen apart. However, according to the Time Magazine, the 6 trillion dollars the U.S. has used is more of about half at 3.6 trillion for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria from 2001 to 2016.
“To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs.”, said Trump.
One of the more emotional scenes in the speech was when Trump spoke about US Navy SEAL Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed in action during a January raid in Yemen.
“Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him,” Trump reflected.
After the speech, there was the Democratic response by former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
He took a populist tone, accusing Trump of planning to “rip affordable health insurance” from Americans and being “Wall Street's champion.”
“This isn’t a game,” Beshear says of repealing Obamacare. “It’s life and death to people.”