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Made in the USA
For years politicians have made bad trade deals for America. President Trump has made it a priority to reverse decades of calamitous trade policies. Trump stated, “We are now making it clear to China that, after years of targeting our industries and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end.” The president doesn’t blame other countries for taking advantage of us. However, Trump is determined to make good deals for America and bring back jobs to our country.
President Trump stated, “Our new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the USMCA, will replace NAFTA and deliver for American workers like they haven’t had delivered to for a long time. I hope you can pass the USMCA into law so that we can bring back our manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, expand American agriculture, protect intellectual property, and ensure that more cars are proudly stamped with our four beautiful words: “Made in the USA.”
Healthcare: Next Major Priority
President Trump was successful getting rid of the Obama Care mandate which forced people into paying for healthcare they couldn’t afford. The president is determined to take on the issue again. Trump stated, “the next major priority for me, and for all of us, should be to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, and to protect patients with preexisting conditions.” Trump continued by saying, “Already, as a result of my administration’s efforts, in 2018, drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years.” These are issues which should be taken on with a bipartisan effort, but the Democrats are still trying to save Obama’s failed legacy.
The president asked Congress to pass legislation which will stop global freeloading and deliver a fair price for American patients. Trump stated, “We should also require drug companies, insurance companies, and hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition and bring costs way down.” The president emphasized the need to take on this issue by saying, “This is wrong, this is unfair, and together we will stop it — and we’ll stop it fast.” If only the Democrats would stop the childish political games and do their job.
Trump: Eliminate Childhood Cancer
President Trump and the First Lady have committed themselves to fighting childhood cancer. The president introduced Grace Eline, “Joining Melania in the gallery this evening is a very brave 10-year-old girl, Grace Eline. Every birthday — (applause) — hi, Grace. (Laughter.) Every birthday since she was four, Grace asked her friends to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She did not know that one day she might be a patient herself.” Grace is a survivor of cancer, but the story often doesn’t end this way.
We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls.
The president stated, “Last year, Grace was diagnosed with brain cancer. Immediately, she began radiation treatment. At the same time, she rallied her community and raised more than $40,000 for the fight against cancer. When Grace completed treatment last fall, her doctors and nurses cheered — they loved her; they still love her — with tears in their eyes as she hung up a poster that read: “Last day of chemo.” Thank you very much, Grace. You are a great inspiration to everyone in this room. Thank you very much.” President Trump plans to ask Congress for $500 million dollars over the next 10 years to fight childhood cancer.
Stop Late-term Abortion!
The radical left and certain lawmakers are trying to normalize the idea of late-term abortion. President Trump commented, “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth.”
“These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.” Just last week we had the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam describe how to execute a baby after birth. The president stated, “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
This is a huge step forward to protect innocent lives from people who have no faith in themselves or anyone else. The president stated, “Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.” Once again, the president reached out to find Democrats defiantly sitting arms crossed in their seats.
Protecting America’s Security
President Trump campaigned on the America first agenda and has fought every day since elected for our country. The president said, “The final part of my agenda is to protect American security. Over the last two years, we have begun to fully rebuild the United States military, with $700 billion last year and $716 billion this year.”
President Trump held NATO accountable which he claimed Allies increased spending by more than $100 billion dollars. The president stated, “as part of our military build-up, the United States is developing a state-of-the-art missile defense system. Under my administration, we will never apologize for advancing America’s interests.”
The Democrats have been screaming Russia for the past two years. However, when President Trump is tough on Russia, Democrats don’t seem very happy. President Trump stated, “For example, decades ago, the United States entered into a treaty with Russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capability. While we followed the agreement and the rules to the letter, Russia repeatedly violated its terms. ”
“It’s been going on for many years. That is why I announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF Treaty.” The president talked about creating another agreement which could included China and other countries. If no agreement can be made, the president said we would outspend and out-innovate all other by far.
Stop Communism and Socialism
Briefly the president addressed the situation in N. Korea and Venezuela. On N. Korea he said, “As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months. If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.” Everyone except the Democrats and Hillary Clinton approve of this statement.
There is no denying that socialism kills. The president stated, “We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom, and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.” We have seen what socialism has done to countries, yet Democrats embrace the socialist agenda. Senator Bernie Sanders, a socialist, had a run at president and luckily lost.
President Trump stated, “Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country.” Trump exclaimed, “America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free and we will stay free!”
The audience started chanting USA! USA! USA! The president stated, “tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” As the audience cheered USA! USA! USA! The cameras focused on Sanders and self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Two socialist who looked visibly disturbed. Priceless moment!
Great Nations do not fight endless wars!
When president Trump took office, ISIS controlled about 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria. The president and allies have virtually destroyed ISIS in just over two years. Trump stated, “Today, we have liberated virtually all of the territory from the grip of these bloodthirsty monsters. Now, as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home.”
There are mixed feelings on whether we should withdraw troops from Syria. Senator Rand Paul has been a strong supporter of the presidents America first agenda. Paul tweeted “I applaud @realDonaldTrump for delivering an America First vision which included getting out of Afghanistan after almost two decades of being at war. We must stop our endless wars and focus on rebuilding at home.”
The president and administration have been negotiating with the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan to reach an agreement. The president stated, “as we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop’s presence and focus on counterterrorism. And we will indeed focus on counterterrorism.” Trump continued by saying, “We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement, but we do know that, after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace. And the other side would like to do the same thing. It’s time.” Senator Paul tweeted “Trump made the case that renewing American greatness means summoning it to peace.”
Taking on Terrorists
The president and administration through decisive action has taken on terrorist around the globe. The president stated, “Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this nation’s power and will to defend our people. Eighteen years ago, violent terrorists attacked the USS Cole. And last month, American forces killed one of the leaders of that attack.”
Eighteen years ago, Tom Wibberley lost his son along with 17 sailors and was recognized by the president. Trump said, “Tom, we vow to always remember the heroes of the USS Cole. Thank you, Tom.” Surprisingly killing terrorists even received applause from the Democrats.
The president withdrew the United States from a disastrous Iran nuclear deal made by the Obama administration. President Trump stated, “My administration has acted decisively to confront the world’s leading state sponsor of terror: the radical regime in Iran. It is a radical regime.”
Trump continued by saying, “We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants “Death to America” and threatens genocide against the Jewish people.” The president stated he would never allow the dictatorship in Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
Trump Confronts anti-Semitism
Newly elected congresswomen have made several comments which have been considered as anti-Semitic. These recent comments have caught the attention of many Americans, including the president. President Trump stated, “We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”
President Trump recognized Timothy Matson, “Just months ago, 11 Jewish-Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. SWAT Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer.” The president thanked officer Matson and said “we are forever grateful. Thank you very much.”
Judah Samet was one of the president’s distinguished guests who survived the shooting in Pittsburgh. Samet also survived the Nazi concentration camps over seven decades ago. President Trump announced November 5th was Judah’s 81st birthday, triggering Congress to sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ President Trump said, “They wouldn’t do that for me, Judah.” The president announced Joshua Kaufman by saying, “A second Holocaust survivor who is here tonight, Joshua Kaufman, was a prisoner at Dachau.”
He remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks. “To me,” Joshua recalls, “the American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky.” They came down from Heaven.” Herman Zeitchik, a soldier who fought on D-Day and helped liberate Dachau may have saved Judah Samet. The two men sit side-by-side 75 years later to make history.
We must go forward together
The president’s final remarks were inspirational and what many believe will be historic. President Trump stated, “Here tonight, we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. You have come from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic peaks of Hawaii; from the snowy woods of Wisconsin and the red deserts of Arizona; from the green farms of Kentucky and the golden beaches of California. Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history.”
Trump challenged Congress to look at opportunities and take on exciting journeys still ahead. The president stated, “We must choose whether we are defined by our differences or whether we dare to transcend them.” The president emphasized how incredible America is and that we conquer the unknown.
President Trump made final call to unite and choose a path which benefits every American by saying, “This is the time to reignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.”
We must keep America First
“This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.” Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted a video with the president’s comment, “No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.” The theme of “greatness and unity” was used throughout the entire (SOTU).
The president’s final comments, “We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise, and the light and the glory, among all the nations of the world. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you.” The full State of the union can also be viewed here.