He never quite breached the surface.
Most of Trump’s comments were greeted by applause by the Republicans on one side of the aisle in the House chamber and silence by the Democrats on the other.
Trump – with only a few slips into “lawless chaos”- even mostly managed to avoid the dark apocalyptic tones that punctuated his acceptance speech at the Republican convention and his inaugural. Silva is an activist and DREAMer, an immigrant who was brought to the USA illegally as a child – a life story with relevance that will be lost on no one.
I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I’ll be right there with you as a citizen – inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far.
You can change the tie but you can’t change the man.
The survey, conducted by phone with people who planned to watch Trump’s remarks and again after the president finished his speech, found 57% of viewers had a “very positive” reaction.
In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250 anniversary of our founding.
Mr Trump laid out an ambitious agenda including a “big, big” cut in taxes, a $1 trillion “new programme of national rebuilding” and a merit-based immigration system. “At the same time we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class”, Trump will say, according to the excerpts.
Boosting spending on the military and on veterans and on border security will cost tens of billions of dollars. Every problem can be solved. These include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who Trump accused of crying fake tears, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who he’s called “incompetent”.
Democrats will have plenty of answers to that question.
But members of both parties stood and cheered when Trump condemned the recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries and the bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers. That’s the America I know.
Trump also reiterated his incredibly contentious plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
Here’s what I’m really anxious that this is all about, at the end of the day.
In his 61-minutes address, Trump urged Americans to support him in rebuilding U.S. and making the country strong again.
“To accomplish our goals at home and overseas, we must restart the engine of the American economy – making it easier for companies to do business in the United States, and much harder for companies to leave”, he says. The Affordable Care Act, which has provided healthcare for 20 million previously uninsured Americans, has been the source of much consternation for Republican lawmakers recently, who have been met by crowds of angry constituents afraid of losing their coverage.
Mr Trump said that it was “not compassionate but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur” and that he could not allow America to become a “beachhead of terrorism”.