'We stand united in condemning hate and evil'

In address to Congress, Trump condemns anti-Semitism, calls for unity among Americans.

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Trump Addresses joint session of Congress
Trump Addresses joint session of Congress

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night addressed a joint session of Congress, in his first major speech since taking office last month.

"Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains," Trump began.

"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," he added.

“I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength and I’m here to deliver it deeply from my heart.

“We are renewing American spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead,” said the President. “All the nations of the world, friend or foe, will find that America is strong. America is proud. And America is free.

“It has been a little over a month since my inauguration, and I want to take this moment to update the nation on the progress I have made in keeping those promises. Since my election, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Lockheed, Walmart, have announced they will invest billions and billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.

“The stock market has gained almost $3 trillion in value since the election on November 8, a record. We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of fantastic — and it is a fantastic - new, F-35 jet fighter, and we will be saving billions more on contracts all across our government. We have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential federal workers. We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials, and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government. We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every government agency.”

Trump noted his commitment to enforcing American immigration laws, adding that by doing so “will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.”

“We want all Americans to succeed, but that cannot happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law and our borders,” he stated.

“For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border. Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States. We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism,” stressed Trump.

“According to data provided by the Department of Justice,” he continued, “the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offense since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon, and yes, even the World Trade Center. We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany, and all over the world.

“That is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe and to keep those out who would do us harm,” vowed Trump.

“As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS, a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians and men and women and children of all faiths and all beliefs. We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet,” he continued.

“I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the state of Israel.”

"Tonight I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time provide better health care," said Trump.

"Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available for everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance and that is what we will do," he added.

Trump urged unity among Republicans and Democrats, saying, “Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country and for the good of the American people.”

“We must build bridges of cooperation and trust, not drive the wedge of disunity, and really, it’s what it is - division, pure, unadulterated division. We have to unify,” he added.

“We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two world wars that dethroned fascism,” stressed Trump, “but our partners must meet their financial obligations and now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.”

“We expect our partners, whether in NATO, the Middle East or the Pacific, to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations and pay their fair share of the cost. We will respect historic institutions, but we will respect the foreign rights of all nations and they have to respect our rights as a nation also,” he added.

As the United States prepares to celebrate 250 years of freedom, said the President, “We will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American greatness began. The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts, the bravery to express the hopes and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams into actions.”

“We are one people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same flag. And we are all made by the same God.

“From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears. Inspired by the future, not bound by failures of the past and guided by a vision, not blinded by our doubts. I am asking all citizens to embrace this American spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big and bold and daring things for our country. I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment, believing yourselves, believing your future and believe once more in America. Thank you, God bless you and God bless the United States,” he concluded.