On February 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump delivered his first declamation to Congress. In his speech, he spoke of many current issues and topics such as immigration, national security, terrorism, and many other ones. He was praised by the media and both sides of the political aisle for his remarkable speech. Even many solid liberals, such as CNN commentator Van Jones, praised Trump calling his recognition of Gold Star widow Carryn Owens saying, “He became President of the United States in that moment, period”.
In the oration, he spoke strongly against illegal immigration by stating, “As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens. He also said, “Bad ones are going out as I speak tonight as I have promised.” President Trump was called upon the speech for a freshly made “merit-system” that will permit entrance to those that are capable to support themselves monetary. Many Democrats silently protested the President’s joint address and the Democratic congresswomen were wearing white in “criticism” of Trump’s position of women’s rights.
However, many Republicans applauded him several times throughout the speech. Surprisingly, many of the President’s advocates on the internet began posting memes comparing the Democrats in white to the Ku Klux Klan. Despite this backlash, he signed H.R. 321 & H.R. 255 to close the gender gap to promote women in the STEM field. Donald Trump even stated, “The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides”. He was basically stating his support for a compromise on immigration. Trump also called upon Congress to alter the tax system, mend the country’s infrastructure and armed forces, and overhaul health care.
“Your loved ones will never be forgotten”, said the President as First Lady Melania hosted the family members of victims, such as Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver, and Jessica Davis, of illegal immigration. Trump reminded the nation of the value of Black History Month and condemned the hateful killings in Kansas City,Kansas and the vandalization of Jewish cemeteries and the targeting of Jewish community centers. The President also gave a strong stance on national security stating, “It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.” He said, ” Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values. We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America – we cannot allow out nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.” Trump said, ” We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.” He also mentioned the deadly terrorist attacks in Boston, San Bernadino, and 9/11.
As he recognized Carryn Owens and her husband’s sacrifice in Yemen to retrieve information, he also stated, ” Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity”, as she weeped and look towards the skies of Heaven. ” I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies,” said Trump. He also recognized the great inventors that helped create this nation such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Remington for his contribution to the typewriter. Trump even spoke in favor of improving business for American businesses and the working class.
” To fill his seat (Antonin Scalia), we have chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man of incredible skill, and deep devotion to the law. He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination, ” said the 45th President. He even asked Congress to pass a bill for disadvantaged youth of many colors to advance their education. The President also mentioned the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. In some instances, a few Democrats, such as Joe Manchin, applauded the President a certain amount of times knowing some of them are facing tough reelection bids in 2018; especially in states such as North Dakota, Indiana, and West Virginia.
After the speech, former Kentucky Governor and Democrat Steve Beshear gave the Democratic Response to the Joint Address. However, many Republicans thought his response was irrelevant because he spoke in favor of the disasterous Affordable Care Act. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh called Beshear “Captain Kangaroo” and pointed out that the Democratic Party did not have any “up-and-coming stars” to showcase for the 2020 Presidential Election. CNN then released a poll that showed 78% of viewers had a positive view of the address and 69% said the President’s policies would shift the country into the correct direction.