Donald Trump’s 1 hour 20 minutes State of Union address on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 was a coalesce of – plea for unity, declaration of a new American moment, promising to suppress immigration, keeping open Guantanamo Bay, and strengthening America’s nuclear arsenal.
Trump said, “If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything”, as reported by The Times of India.
Trump rattled off his list of achievements which included historic tax cuts, a soaring stock market, eliminating swathes of regulations, and creating 2.4 million jobs.
He assured that the revised tax system plan will be immensely beneficial to the middle class and small business people. He briefly spoke on the health care issues and went on to brag about the investment of $1.5 trillion in infrastructure and partnerships with other states and private sectors.
On immigration debate, Trump repeated his recent pledge of offering citizenship to 1.8 million young immigrants. Referring North Korean nuclear missile regime as “depraved” Trump promised to reconstruct America’s nuclear arsenal and decimate terrorists, putting much more in the Guantanamo Bay. He also vouched for the final defeat of the ISIS.
Though the US President received many enthusiastic applause from the Republicans, the opposition party was mostly silent and headed straight for the exit at the end of the speech. Some of Democratic Party’s female representatives including Nancy Pelosi, wore black in honor of the victims of sexual harassment, while few wore butterfly pins in support of immigrants.
A CBS poll conducted immediately after the speech said that it was a hit among the viewers, as 75% of them liked it and other did not.