President Trump Gives Address to a Joint Congress

By Samantha Werkheiser
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, President Trump gave an address to a joint session of Congress.

In his opening, Trump acknowledged the conclusion of Black History Month and the vandalism of Jewish cemeteries in the recent weeks.

He said that these events show that the country is still on the path for civil rights and that the work is not yet done.

He then went on to question what Americans will be leaving for their children.

“I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future. For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries,” Trump said in his address.

Trump discussed that since his inauguration, he has passed many policies in an attempt to keep and bring jobs to America.

He also talked about his attempts to keep corruption out of the government.

“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,” said Trump.

He addressed the planned construction for the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines. He claimed that these projects will bring tens of thousands of jobs to the country.

He went on to talk about his efforts to reduce crime in the country. He has set up a special task force and is working on dismantling the cartels in our nation with help from Homeland Security.

He discussed how he is reforming immigration to make America safer for the citizens.

“It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values,” Trump said.

He then made reference to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his appointed replacement, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

He addressed how the nation’s infrastructure has begun to “crumble” and how he plans to fix this issue.

“To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States, financed through both public and private capital, creating millions of new jobs,” Trump said.

He discussed his education plan, health care reform and crime in poverty-stricken America as well.

Many of his special guests had life stories that reflected the need for reform in these particular areas.

He asked Americans, Democrat and Republican alike, to band together to reform the country for the betterment of the people and the future in his closing statement.

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