WATCH | President's Trump speech to a joint session of Congress.
In his first major joint address to Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump detailed what his administration aims to accomplish by 2020, touching on topics like Obamacare, immigration, and economic growth.
Written by Stephen Miller, the same person who wrote Trump's infamous "American carnage" inaugural address, Trump exuded a strikingly refined tone--noticeably different than the commander-in-chief who is so accustomed to delivering off-the-cuff remarks at rallies and press conferences.
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President Trump concluded his speech, calling for an end to "small thinking" and "trivial fights."
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Nearing the end of his speech, Trump spoke of the importance of garnering unity and American pride.
"This is our vision. This is our mission. But we can only get there together. We are one people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same flag.And we are all made by the same God."
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The room gave a standing ovation when President Trump spoke about the recent heroic efforts carried out by Special Operator, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens, who died recently in a raid in Yemen.
"I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, 'Ryan was a 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.'"
Cutaway cameras showed the presence of Carryn Owens, Ryan's wife, wiping tears from her face and looking up towards the ceiling. "Thank you," she mouthed.
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Trump acknowledged a few guests in the crowd, Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver, and Jessica Davis, whose family members were killed by illegal immigrants.
"I want you to know -- we will never stop fighting for justice. Your loved ones will never be forgotten, we will always honor their memory."
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Trump rallied for bipartisan support on an education bill that "funds school choice disadvantaged youth."
"Education is the civil rights issue of our time," he said.
He added that families should be free to chose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that best fits the needs of the children.
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Trump acknowledged "Rare Disease day" by noting the courageous efforts of 20-year-old Megan Crowley who lives with Pompe Disease. She was not expected to live past 5.
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Trump used Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky as an example of a state that has felt the affects of a failing health insurance system.
"Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky just said Obamacare is failing in his State -- it is unsustainable and collapsing."
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President Trump called on Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs and provide better Healthcare.
"Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do."
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Trump discussed his plans to deviate from the current system of "lower-skilled immigration" to a "merit-based system."
"I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws."
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Trump detailed his recent meeting with officials and workers from Harley-Davidson.
"They told me -- without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it -- that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent."
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The president subsequently outlined the "circumstances" that he "inherited," referring to his successor, President Obama. He said 94 million Americans are out of the labor force, more than 43 million people living in poverty, and more than 1 in 5 people are out of the labor force.
"We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years. In the last 8 years, the past Administration has put on more new debt than nearly all other Presidents combined."
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Pivoting the address to radical Islamic terrorism, Trump cited attacks on US soil, including those in San Bernardino and Boston, as well as those carried out in Germany, France and Belgium. He cited statistics compiled by the Department of Justice that reveal that "the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country."
He added that it is not compassionate, "but reckless," to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur."
Trump added that his administration has been working on "improved vetting procedures" to "to keep out those who would do us harm."
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Trump said his "administration has answered the pleas of the American people for immigration enforcement and border security."
"We want all Americans to succeed -- but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders."
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President Trump touted the accomplishments of his administration thus far.
"Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs."
He also cited surging stock market numbers as well as his efforts to "drain the swamp of government corruption."
The commander-in-chief also noted his efforts to revive the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines, which he said would be made with American steel.
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Trump said that he would revive "dying industries," the military, and vital infrastructure, including bridges, roads, tunnels and airports.
"Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people."
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Trump spoke adamantly about deviating from the country's "past mistakes." He cited the shrinking middle class, the outsourcing of jobs, and transient borders as a few examples.
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President Trump opened his address with acknowledging Black History month, as well as condemning the recent attacks on Jewish community centers.
"Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms."
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After House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced President Trump, the 45th president was received with roaring applause and a standing ovation from many lawmakers.
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Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito Jr. are not in attendance. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan are donning the black robes in the their front-row seats.
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President Trump has entered the Capitol chambers. He is wearing a navy blue and white striped tie.
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David Shulkin, the US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has been selected as tonight's designated survivor, meaning he will not be attending the speech at the Capitol and will instead be heavily guarded by security away from the Capitol.
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First Lady Melania Trump was greeted with applause when she entered the Capitol chamber. She is wearing a black-belted sequin dress. Sitting behind her are Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
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A group of Democratic women in the House are wearing white in honor of women's suffrage at President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress. The color white, according to the Associated Press, was associated with the women's suffrage movement. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton flaunted white during her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Committee speech.
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Vice President Mike Pence has taken his seat next to House Speaker Paul Ryan in the Capitol chambers.