President Donald Trump celebrated the ‘incredible progress’ and ‘extraordinary success’ that his administration has made in the year since he took office as he began his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
EDITOR’S NOTE: President Trump took a well-deserved victory lap tonight in his first State Of The Union speech. Record tax-cutting combined with 2.5 million jobs added is a great freshman year for anyone, add to that having the core of Obamacare repealed and it’s quite fantastic. He received standing ovations dozens of times, I lost count actually. And through it all, the do-nothing Democrats sat there with their hands in the laps, sour expressions on thier faces, and utter contempt for the American people.
Trump held up the GOP’s tax cut legislation a major milestone, praising companies like Apple and ExxonMobile that are expanding and investing as a result of the break. And he asked for applause for Republicans’ party-line repeal of his predecessor’s namesake legislation as a part of the same tax-cut program, saying ‘We repealed the core of the disastrous Obamacare. The individual mandate is now gone.;
‘This is in fact our new American moment. There had never been a better time to start living the American Dream,’ Trump declared from the House chamber.Trump called on lawmakers to ‘set aside our differences’ and to ‘seek out common ground’ in the speech in which he called on elected officials to ‘summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.’
‘We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship,’ Trump said in the remarks to a joint session of Congress. ‘We have endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.’
The president was joined in the House of Representatives tonight by his wife, Melania, and his adult children. His youngest son, Barron, stayed behind.
But President Trump was not alone in his motorcade as he made the ride across town, with his chief of staff, John Kelly, joining him in an outfitted limousine known as the Beast.
Three senior aides who helped the president craft his message were also seen following Trump out of White House on Tuesday evening: Staff Secretary Rob Porter, National Economic Council head Gary Cohn and Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller.
The first lady entered the gallery of the House of Representatives as her husband was en route – stunning attendees with a creme suit and silk blouse.
Moments later the president’s Cabinet entered the room. They were followed by Trump himself and GOP leaders.
The president shook the hands of Republican lawmakers crowding the aisle to reach him, including Kansas’ Kevin Yoder and Texas’ Louie Gohmert. He greeted Supreme Court justices and gave Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford a pat on the shoulder.
In the remarks that are expected to consume 60 minutes of prime time programming, Trump called for a ‘new American moment’ of unity and bipartisanship, selling his 2017 tax-cut success and arguing for his administration’s tranche of immigration goals.
‘There has never been a better time to start living the American dream,’ the president said. source