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Trump’s First Address to Congress

Yesterday, Tuesday, February 28th, President Trump delivered his first address to congress.


President Trump opened by condemning the recent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and the shooting in Kansas that killed an Indian man. In regards to hate crimes, President Trump says “we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms.”


President Trump took the time to recognize Navy Seal Ryan Owens who died in a controversial U.S. raid on a suspected al-Qaeda base in Yemen, just days after Trump took office. His wife, Carryn Owens was in attendance and wept as President Trump paid tribute to him. It was a rare moment when everyone applauded together.


He called on Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and provide better health care. By doing so, he wants to ensure Americans with pre-existing conditions are covered.


Additionally, he supports the right for Americans to purchase plans through tax credits and expanded health savings accounts, as well as the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines.


President Trump called for more military spending and wants to make child care accessible and affordable, as well as ensuring new parents have paid family leave. He called for a massive tax relief for the middle class but didn’t provide specifics on how he would do that.


President Trump also announced he has called on the Pentagon to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS, promising to work with our allies including those in the Muslim world “to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet”.  

A CNN/ORC poll was conducted with 509 Americans, and 57% had a very positive reaction to President Trump’s speech. 7 out of 10 people said they believe his policies will move the U.S. in the right direction.


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