Donald Trump gave his first speech to Congress yesterday as he opened up on his vision for America.
He drummed up support from his Republican colleagues and received concerned looks from Democrats.
These are the important quotes with my reflection.
“Dying industries will come roaring back to life”
When Joe Biden left office he said that the biggest problem with Trump’s plan to bring jobs back to America is the use of artificial intelligence. The U.S. was not bleeding jobs because corporations were leaving and relocating, it was purely a technology advancement problem.
“Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve”
Trump is rumoured to be ready to pledge upwards of $60bn towards defence spending. This would take the annual budget of the armed forces to over $650bn, which is just shy of the next 11 nations combined. At least nine of which are allies.
“Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and will ultimately stop”
It is common knowledge that for years different U.S. agencies worked with drug cartels and allowed the import of Class A drugs into the USA. Stopping such deals could lead to a worldwide, public embarrassment and not something that the President would allow to happen.
“We will soon start the construction of a great great wall along our southern border”
40% of undocumented migrants are said to have entered the country by air, bypassing the ‘great great wall’ and will continue to do so. In 2014 six states accounted for 59% of unauthorized migrants with only one sharing a border with Mexico.
It seemed strange that he had to clarify that the wall would be along the southern border as opposed to the northern one with Canada.
Trump also is lost on the notion of ‘show me a 10ft wall and I’ll show you an 11ft ladder’.
“Tonight I am also calling on this congress to repeal and replace Obamacare”
This statement was met with resounding cheers and a standing ovation from Republicans while most, if not all, democrats sat looking on in disbelief.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has helped give healthcare to over 20 million Americans. It has literally saved thousands of lives.
Republicans literally stood, applauded and cheered for repealing an act that will lead to the deaths of thousands.
“We’re also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism…. working with out friends and allies in the Muslim world to extinguish this vile enemy (ISIS) from our planet”
The fact that Trump did not even mention other domestic, white, terrorists like Dylan Roof and others shows how narrow-minded his, and Americas view is, on who is committing terror attacks.
“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens,”
Special Operator Owens was killed whilst raiding a suspected Al Qaeda branch in Yemen.
The raid was approved by the President and led to the death of one Navy Seal, injuries to others and the failure of a V22 Osprey which was destroyed at the cost of $75m.
The American raid also resulted in the deaths of innocent women and children.
The decision to have the widow of the Seal is a huge exploitation of patriotism and grief. It was used to garner more support for defence spending and unnecessary counter-terrorism tactics.
At the end of all of it Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Trump had become ‘presidential’ during the speech. Good to see one of the President’s closest colleagues finally saying he’s ‘presidential’ after 38 days in office.
*Things Trump did not mention in his speech.
Social Security, Medicare, Wealth inequality, Minimum wage, The corrupt campaign finance system, Voter suppression, Climate change, Criminal justice reform, Reducing college costs.