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“This is our new American moment, there was never a better time to start living the American dream.”
These are some of the slogans that Donald Trump pronounced on Tuesday night in his first State of the Union speech, which he used mainly to highlight his economic achievements at the head of the White House and make clear his intention to ensure military might of his country to face threats like those of North Korea.
Thus, the US president remarked that his administration promoted “the biggest tax cuts and reforms” in the history of the country that supposed “a relief” for the middle class and small businesses.
He also stressed having overcome “decades of unfair trade agreements” that sacrificed the country’s prosperity and wealth.
Trump highlighted the threats posed to the United States. “the pariah states, the terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia, that challenge our interests, our economy and our values”.
For this reason, he requested that the financing of the US military be secured and that “our nuclear arsenal be rebuilt and modernized (…) making it so strong that it avoids any act of aggression”.
The US president did not forget the North Korean regime , saying they are carrying out a campaign of “maximum pressure” to end the nuclear threat that the Asian nation represents for his country.
In addition to recalling the sanctions that his administration has imposed on Cuba and Venezuela, Trump said he asked his defense secretary to keep the Guantánamo prison open, reversing the closure ordered by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Trump also made reference to immigration, which was one of the key issues of his election campaign in 2016, and which has now become one of his main points of disagreement with the Democrats.
“Communities that fight, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies focused on the greater interests of American workers and families.”
The Republican leader said he was “extending an open hand” to the Democratsto overcome their divisions on this issue and “protect our citizens from any background, color and creed,” he said.
The president said he would push for new legislation to reform the immigration system, which will include a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented youth, the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico and the end of the visa lottery and what he called “chain migration” that allows legal residents to bring family members to the United States.
Among the guests who followed the speech at the Congress were the relatives of two girls murdered by the gang MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) in New York.
Trump devoted several minutes of his speech to talk about the dangers of gangs, and claimed to have expelled thousands of members of these groups in the country.
The president also referred to the epidemic of deaths from opiate use that affects the United States. for years.
The Democratic response
The congressman by Massachusetts Joseph Kennedy III was in charge of giving the answer of the democrats to the speech of Trump.
He claimed to speak on behalf of “Americans who feel forgotten and abandoned,” lamented what he considers a “fractured country” and described the Trump presidency as “chaos . “
“Many spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid,” he said.
“The thugs can strike a blow, they can leave a mark, but never, not once, in the history of the United States have they managed to match the strength and spirit of a united people in defense of their future,” he said.
About a dozen Democratic lawmakers boycotted Trump’s speech not going to Congress.
One of them, California congresswoman Maxine Waters, told the MSNBC news channel: “Why would I spend my time going to sit down and listen to a liar?” .