By Analee Gentzel
March 2, 2017
President Donald Trump made his first address to Congress on Tuesday, February 28 to go over what he has accomplished his first month in office and the promises he upheld during his campaign.
Before he went into the heart of his speech, Trump noted the conclusion of Black History Month and the push towards civil rights in all aspects of America and how much work still needs to be done. He asked the questions with America’s 250th anniversary of independence approaching in nine years such as “But what will America look like in the 250th year?” and “What kind of country will we leave for our children?”
Trump spoke of past faults that have caused America to backslide.
He said, “For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries. We’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and so many other places throughout our land.” He continued, “We’ve defended the borders of other nations while leaving our own borders wide open for anyone to cross, and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.”
Trump continued to voice the concern of the people of all races and backgrounds and how their silent cries became like an “earthquake.” Citizens wanted America to start putting their people first rather than other countries people “because only then can we truly make America great again.”
Once the applause and cheers subsided he went into the successes he’s made since taking the President’s seat.
“Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others have announced that they will invest billions and billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs,” Trump said to the assembly. He continued to mention that the stock market has set a record since the election gaining a value of $3 trillion.
He moved on to speak about the paths cleared for construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines which will in turn create tens of thousands of jobs. In addition to the pipelines, Trump has ordered a new directive that the pipelines be made with American steel.
He addressed the plans he has for the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security which are directed towards drugs, “criminal cartels,” immigration and border security.
He said, “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.” He continued, “By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.”
In order to regain the respect of America’s southern borders, the construction of a “great, great wall” will begin soon.
In this time, he announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his choice to fill the seat of justice in the Supreme Court to uphold the law and defend the Constitution.
Trump transitioned his speech to American businesses and companies and the high tax rates they are charged when doing business outside the United States.
“Currently, when we ship products out of America, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes, but when foreign companies ship their products into America, we charge them nothing or almost nothing,” he said.
He quoted the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln who said, “the abandonment of the protective policy by the American government will produce want and ruin among our people.”
Trump called out Obamacare to the Congress and asked that it be repealed and replaced with something that increases access and lowers costs while also expanding the people’s access to a healthcare that will benefit them and their families.
He ended the night by pushing the people to believe in a better future and to no longer feel bounded by past failures.
“I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big and bold and daring things for our country.” Trump concluded, “I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.”