Posted on | March 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Trump: ‘A New Chapter of American Greatness Is Now Beginning’
In President Trump’s first address to Congress, he was full of optimism and confidence in America’s future:
Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice –- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.
A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.
“By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone,” he said.
Putting some policy meat on the bones, he proposed introducing an Australian-style merit-based system to reduce the flow of unskilled workers — and held out the prospect of a bipartisan compromise with Democrats on root-and-branch immigration reform.
But he also stood by his plan to subject travelers from certain countries to extreme vetting, insisting: “We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America.”
Trump’s speech was interrupted by applause more than 90 times, and there was an extended ovation for Carryn Owens, the widow of Ryan Owens, the Navy SEAL killed during a January raid in Yemen.