Time: 1:21 p.m. CEST
The U.S. President Donald Trump offered his vision for America while he addressed Congress, looking for unity and sharing of common dream. Trump pleaded to American people for he wants to achieve during his presidency. To demonstrate unity he called on Congress to vote on paid family leave.
This brought liberal lawmakers to their feet to applaud, comments the Washington Post. In the speech that lasted more than one hour, Trump defended his travel ban of refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries.
“We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America,” Trump explained, adding the U.S. cannot allow “our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.” Trump promised he would work with Muslim allies to fight Islamic State militants, using argumentative language to describe the process, and imploring strong words to condemn atrocities by Islamic State group to Muslim and Christians in the Middle East.
He called Islamic State group, “a network f lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women and children of all faiths and all beliefs.” Contrary to former president Barack Obama, Trump used the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” heartily accepted by Republicans.
On Twitter, former National Security Adviser for strategic communication to Obama, Ben Rhodes questioned the rhetoric.
Despite the foreign issues, where he contrary to previous statements, pledged for NATO alliance importance, Trump dedicated must of his speech to renewal of the American spirit. He did not miss the opportunity to repeat he would repeal Obama’s healthcare policy, he would persist to build a wall along Mexico border, and would ask for setting up a group that would represents those who suffered crimes by immigrants, known as Voice-Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement.
Much of Trump’s address was about his economic policies and what he plans to with the tax system. Despite the claims of the previous administration that Obama made American economy stronger, Trump says he has inherited a mess: from 94 million Americans out of labor force, to high national debt, and to a trade deficit of about $800 billion.
“Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world,” Trump said, although the U.S. edition of the Guardian explained that, “U.S. is not even in the top 30 highest-taxed nations in the world,” as the data of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows.
Regardless, Trump said his economic team “is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone.” Trump said, “It will be a big, big cut,” promising “massive tax relief for the middle class.”
He discussed, big firms like Ford, Sprint, SoftBank and Intel would invest billions of job-creating dollars in the U.S, and noted that stocks added $3 trillion in value.
But, as U.S. edition of the Guardian said, “a conservative think-thank, the Tax Foundation, has found half of Trump’s tax cuts would go to the top 1% of earners, while most families bellow the top 20% of earners would have income gains of less than 1%.”
Trump opened his speech calling the U.S. ‘as a nation divided on policies,” but “united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” as he condemned the attacks on Jewish cemeteries and what could be a racist murder in Kansas. Trump spoke less on race, but he called both parties to pass an educational bill for disadvantaged youth.
Trump’s address was greeted with applause, but the biggest happened when he called Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Seal Ryan Owens, who died in a controversial raid in Yemen.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on CNN that Trump’s “speeches and the realities are very, very far apart.”