The president gave his first State of the Union address at the Capitol in Washington DC on Tuesday night to deliver his first State of the Union speech after almost a year since he was elected into office. On Tuesday night, USA President Donald Trump made his first State of the Union address which can be called both inclusive and divisive at the same time.
Last night's HISTORIC #SOTU speech outlined the Trump Admin's record-setting accomplishments in year one – more than 2M new jobs, largest tax cut in history, ISIS on the run – and presented an optimistic vision for building a SAFE, STRONG & PROUD America. Let's get it done. #MAGA pic.twitter.com/EseRB1POw1
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 31, 2018
People saw a self-confident and united Republican Party rallying around their equally confident and somewhat egoistic leader while the Democratic Party sat around protecting in silent as if moping.
Donald Trump took the opportunity to bring together the divided nation by reaching out a hand towards the Democratic party in order to lessen the divide, massively increasing infrastructure funds for the country, deciding to keep Guantanamo Bay open and imposing a more stringent immigration procedure all in an attempt to follow President Trumps “America First” policy. While some Democrats choose not to attend the event, Donald Trump urged both parties to come together to make America great again.
Black unemployment at a record low? True.
Biggest tax cuts in history? False.
ISIS territorial loss? True.
US energy exports? False.https://t.co/VRmWr6cqoi
— CNN (@CNN) January 31, 2018
With 40 million Americans watching on television and a hall full of Republicans and Democrats, President Trump said: “Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.
On January 30, President Donald J. Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address, during which he underscored America's support for the people of Iran. Go to https://t.co/dqbqntc2ga for more highlights from @POTUS's remarks. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/VaPuTEczFU
— Department of State (@StateDept) January 31, 2018
“Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.”
He added: “This is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.”
A $1.5 Trillion Budget For Infrastructure
One of the biggest highlights of Trumps State of the Union Speech was without a doubt the massive Budget for the Countries Infrastructure. It goes without saying that $1.5 trillion budget is massive and would require the support of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party to happen.
“Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment we need,” he said.
“Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.”
The President further went to talk about his plans to repeal Obama care but also proceeded to say that he will be considering paid family leaves to soften the blow a bit.
Doubling Down of Immigration
While the Presidents talks about immigration started on a somewhat positive note as talked about the administration’s immigration plan and for a path to citizenship for Dreamers but it soon ended up coming down to what Trump is currently calling chain migration.” While he did offer a path of citizenship to almost two million people that are being called Dreamers but it came as part of a package that would also require increased funding for border security – A.K.A The Wall.
The President talked about how the current migration plan is lottery based rather than merit base and how immigrants are able to bring in “virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives” which garnered him some “boos” from the audience for the right reasons.
Guantanamo Bay & Doubling Down On ISIS
Guantanamo Bay is by far one of the worst places to be locked up. Guantanamo Bay is a well-known prison for the horrendous and borderline torturous treatment of its prisoners which is why ex-President Barack Obama along with many people wanted it shut down – except President Donald Trump. The reasoning behind keeping the Guantanamo Bay open is that the US requires power to detain terrorists and reminding the audience how they’ve set terrorists free in the past who US soldiers had to meet again on the battlefield.
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 26, 2018
President Trump: “In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield – including the Isis leader, al-Baghdadi”.
“So today, I am keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.
“I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists – wherever we chase them down.”
President Trump also took this opportunity to reaffirm his stance against ISIS and how the US will be putting in even more effort to finally put an end to terrorist activities not just in America but also around the world. Moving on to National Security, President Trump called for more increased Military Funding and a plea to rebuild its nuclear arsenal which caused the Republicans to give a standing ovation.
"When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent." Watch President Trump's first State of the Union Address: https://t.co/dqbqnsUroC #SOTU pic.twitter.com/uStYfKoBTA
— Department of State (@StateDept) January 31, 2018
The Democrats Stayed Seated In Silent Protest
Democrats don’t like Trump, that’s no surprise to anyone. Whether he’s doing something everyone thinks is good or what they think is bad, being against Donald Trump is the current identity of the Democratic Party and that’s not ok. Throughout Trump’s speech, many Democrats stayed seated while everyone else rose to clap and applaud the president.
Even some Democrats rose eventually to applaud but found themselves in an awkward situation after realizing no one around him shared the same sentiment.
There is more evidence to show that Obama colluded with Iran than Trump with Russia
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 30, 2018
If America needs to regain its former glory then it obvious that both Democrats and Republicans will have to work together but even after Trump reaching out to the opposing party it doesn’t look like that will be happening anytime soon.
Even though Trump’s speech was far from perfect or even good for that matter but the response from the Democrats was without a doubt worse. The Democratic party showed it had learned nothing from its defeat back-in 2016 and still have no idea how to deal with the Republican Party, Donald Trump or how to get even a few Republicans on their side. Meanwhile, Trump not only spoke to the hall full of white old men in suits but to also the masses and told them exactly what they wanted to hear.
State of the Union Address by Pres. #Trump:
"America stands with the people of #Iran and their courageous struggle for freedom." – @POTUS @realDonaldTrump #SOTU #StateoftheUnion #Iran #FreeAllProtesters #Iranprotests #TheyKillPrisoners pic.twitter.com/fah9FlwiEA
— mostafa.m (@MostafaMe4) January 31, 2018
I voted for President Trump & my support for him is stronger than ever:
✅Justice Neil Gorsuch
✅More $ in my pocket
✅ISIS crushed in Iraq/Syria
✅Illegal border crossings down
I'll vote for him a 2nd time.#SOTU
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 31, 2018
Also, This is a petition to help free Iranians being tortured by the regime just for some #IranianProtests