State of the Union: President Donald J. Trump Showing Exactly What It Means To Be President

Subhan Sha
Posted on January 31, 2018, 9:21 pm
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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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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Subhan Sha
Associate Editor

An educated journalist with a thirst for truth and a lust for facts. A tech wiz who loves gadgets and gaming. A cool guy that has a wonderful work ethic and a passion for ingenuity. Subhan Shahid joined the Herald Report as a columnist in 2017. He was a professional blogger for more than 7 years before becoming a part of Herald Report where he now covers Politics with a focus on domestic and international policy. As a veteran political correspondent, he provided coverage for Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign, major changes in the Gulf region and the escalating North Korea crisis. Before joining Herald Report, Subhan spent years writing about emerging technologies, state politics, international trading, and local communities. Subhan is a Bachelors Graduate with a degree in Computer Sciences and a Minor in Political science.