Trump: “A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning.”

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Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday with words he stated were “from the heart.”

Proclaiming our national readiness to again lead behind a renewal of our American Spirit, he stated that foreign nations will find that “America is strong, America is proud and America is free.”

He looked to solidify his “America First” message and rally the legislative branch behind his agenda acknowledging the need for their cooperation in passing tax, regulatory, healthcare and immigration reform among other things.

In addressing one of the core issues of the campaign, illegal immigration, he declared that drug dealers, gang members and other criminals were being deported as he spoke. He echoed the concerns and calls for action from many of his supporters when he said, “We must restore integrity and the rule of law,” when referring to the issue.

The Affordable Care Act was addressed as well. The centerpiece of the previous administration’s big government aspirations was seen as a big reason for the Republican midterm election victories in 2010 and 2014 and remained at the top of every candidates talking points in the 2016 Presidential election.  The President made a clear request for a bi-partisan effort to provide relief for what he called the  “imploding Obamacare disaster” with new reforms that lower costs and expand access and choice. Many who voted for the President would accept no less than a full repeal and replacement of President Obama’s signature legislation, however many are skeptical that the members of congress are truly committed to following through campaign promises.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner said last week, although Republican candidates presented a “wildly optimistic” outlook on the possibility of an ACA repeal that, “[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare — I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,”

Another hot button issue of concern is the defense of America from radical Islamic terrorism. Trump was both praised and criticized during the campaign for his proposal of what he calls “Super Vetting” for potential refugees entering our country. He referred to terror attacks domestically in Boston, San Bernandino, The Pentagon and the World Trade Center as well as internationally and cited information collected by the Department of Justice that shows that the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorist attacks against since 9/11 came from outside of our country. He would go on to say “It is not compassionate, but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where pro per vetting cannot occur.” to mostly applause.

Regarding ISIS, who he referred to as a, “Network of lawless savages.” He stated that he has instructed the Pentagon, “As promised” to provide a new plan to counter the radical group while on Monday Secretary of Defense General (Ret) James Mattis had submitted a preliminary plan to administration officials as he looks for their feedback.

The speech was received positively according to the results of a CNN poll.

Credit CNN:

CNN poll results:

  • Economy: 72% said Trump’s proposals were right for the US.
  • Terrorism: 70% of viewers agreed to the same question on the issue.
  • Taxes: 64% of people who watched had a positive reaction to Trump’s comments.
  • Immigration: 62% of viewers agreed with the president’s agenda.
  • Healthcare: 61% of viewers polled said Trump’s remarks were on point.

Some in the Media are claiming that Trump is not being fair to liberals based on the content in his speech. What’s your Reaction to President Trump’s speech? Let us know in the comments section below.

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