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NO COPS ?!? March 4 Trump Ralliers VIOLENTLY BEATEN, Pepper-Sprayed at Berkeley

THIS IS APPALLING – A Pro-Trump rally took place at the University of California, Berkeley but volence quickly erupted.

The #Trump rally in Berkeley has broken out in violence four minutes before the march is supposed to start.
5:00 PM – 4 Mar 2017 · Berkeley, CA

The display of intolerance comes less than a month after violent rioting took place at the school over the scheduled appearance by now-former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

There were multiple confrontations during the “March 4 Trump” rally, which was part of a nationwide effort Saturday to show unity for President Donald Trump.

It’s difficult to say who started the violence, but much of it appeared to originate with so-called “anti-fascist” masked thugs known as antifa. There were early reports that the pro-Trump crowd was being pepper sprayed.

But that didn’t stop the media from putting one helluva spin on events, as seen in a report from The Hill that featured this headline: “Pro-Trump Berkeley protests get physical.”

Of course, technically speaking, if you are defending yourself from getting beaten to a bloody pulp, that would include the need to “get physical.”

THE DEEP STATE — AN INSTITUTIONAL BARRIER AGAINST DRAINING THE SWAMP

By John F. Di Leo –

As the Trump Administration began, two terms took over our discourse, from keyboard warriors on social media to the formal political theorists of the mainstream media. These two terms are not exactly antonyms, as one is a verb and the other is a gerund, but they certainly are diametrically opposed to each other: Draining the Swamp on the one hand, and the Deep State on the other.

Draining the Swamp was easy to say, easy to understand, easy to cheer for. We all know there’s corruption in the federal government, both in regular terms (people breaking the law while holding a public trust) and in philosophical terms (people whose very roles are by definition destructive, such as a regulator whose job is to put good people out of work).

“Drain the Swamp!” is a great line to shout at a protest, or to chant during a march. It’s a wonderful exclamation with which to close a theme in a campaign speech, and it’s well worth doing. But actually doing it, when the time comes, is hard.

The Deep State is the reason that Draining the Swamp is so hard. When we talk about “the state” in this context, we’re not talking about one of the fifty, we’re talking about government in general. It’s made up of elected officials, and their political appointees, and all the civil servants, from newbie to career, who fill the massive government of the United States of America.

Our Founding Fathers intended a tiny state: lots of free citizens, very very few in government. But we went off the rails early in the 20th century, and government mushroomed. The Deep State is a reminder that much of government is huge, deep, distant, and apparently untouchable.

The Founding Fathers intended a government so small that each election could correct errors, if errors were made… but civil service reforms – well-intentioned, of course, always well-intentioned – minimized that ability to the point that it became almost impossible for elections to correct errors at all!

Ever more government positions became “Hatched” – protected from firing by political officeholders or their political appointees – until the point was reached where the entire government exists on its own, a massive civil service bureaucracy almost entirely independent of the will of the voters.

It shouldn’t take a degree in Political Science to realize that this is utterly contradictory to the will of the Framers and the design of our American system.

The Federal Departments

Generally speaking, the President and Vice President are elected, and then they appoint a department head to every Cabinet-level department, and he or she then appoints several “under-secretaries” and “special assistants,” most of whom need Senate approval. They appoint a few aides… and after that, almost 100% of the employees of that department and all its agencies are protected members of the civil service. This means that perhaps they can be fired for cause or for budget cuts – perhaps – but not for policy changes directed by the new administration.

We elect Presidents to make such changes, but our system only easily supports one kind of change. It’s easy for a new President or Congress to expand government, to hire new people and direct them toward new regulations, but it’s very difficult indeed for a new President or Congress to trim the sails of that existing government. It’s almost impossible to fire them, or to restrict an agency that has gone too far.

Once upon a time, Congress passed a law to set up a new agency or to promulgate a new regulation; for a new Secretary to trim back such agencies and regulators requires a single-minded attack strategy for which few have time.

The Department of Justice

Let’s look, for example, at the department of the hour, the one most in the news these days: the U.S. Department of Justice. The same things we’ll discuss here have happened in every department; everything that follows here can be found at Treasury, at Education, at Health and Human Services, etc. But let’s just look at the DoJ for now.

We all know certain things about the job of the Attorney General: that he manages the selection of federal judicial appointments for the President to choose from… he manages special prosecutors when needed… and of course the DoJ manages lots of federal prisons… and federal prosecutions of businesses under anti-trust violations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

That’s a full time job right there.

But over the years, without the public even noticing, Congress and the Presidents have created lots more jobs, lots more agencies, that have had to wind up somewhere, and a lot of them have wound up in the DoJ. Spend a few minutes online, at www.justice.gov/agencies, and see the DoJ’s organizational chart for yourself.

For instance:

The Defending Childhood Initiative is a program built around the occasional necessity of children to be witnesses in criminal cases.
The Elder Justice Initiative similarly builds a federal agency around the specific circumstances of nursing homes, retirement, and similar issues focused on the elderly.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is a numbers agency, a collecting house for data from cities, counties, and states, which then produces reports that put all this data to use. And that data gets reported to Congress, to academia, and to media.
The Community Oriented Policing Services office assists cities in managing new approaches to policing, such as non-violent dispute resolution.
The Office for Access to Justice provides help to people who can’t afford top-dollar attorneys to represent them in court or help them when they’ve been wronged.
It’s easy to see why each of these agencies, and dozens more, were created in the first place. There are good intentions at their heart. But in practice, as the Left has gotten control of such offices, particularly in the Clinton and Obama administrations, they have been filled with people who believe in using the federal government as a cudgel to direct local and state policy in their direction.

The federal DoJ has been used to completely take over the management of local police forces. It has been used to force high schools to let boys and girls use each others’ bathrooms and locker rooms. It has been used to fund national groups who fly into a community from outside and sue local businesses, landlords, and governments on political grounds completely foreign to those communities.

Sometimes that’s appropriate, as it was in the days of the civil rights efforts of the 1960s. But all too often, it’s not just inappropriate, it’s an unconstitutional encroachment of the rights of the states and the people under the 10th Amendment.

The idea of an independent civil service – a totally well-intentioned concept, remember – has therefore caused the problem we have today.

If one administration appointed a few political appointees and tons of civil service appointees, then when a new administration comes in, only the political appointees are purged; the civil service appointees are protected for life.

What kind of appointees do you think Janet Reno’s, Eric Holder’s, and Loretta Lynch’s hiring authorities selected for those civil service positions?

When the Office for Access to Justice was created in 2010, it was staffed with “true believers” in the Leftist approach to justice – completely pro-criminal, completely discarding the protection of the victims. And when that Community Oriented Policing Services office was established in 1994, it was Janet Reno’s staff who hired the original civil service employees there too.

In both of these cases, think about the years of their establishment. After both 1994 and 2010, left-wing extremists had six more years to fill up those agencies with their kind of activists before Republican administrations came into office. We’ve chosen only two examples to feature here; there are many more, in this and every department.

Personnel is Policy

One of the best-remembered truisms of the Reagan administration is the pithy statement, “Personnel is policy.” This isn’t to diminish the rule of law, of course; conservatives are the truest advocates of the rule of law… but it is to stress that if you believe in the rule of law, you must appoint employees who believe in it too.

If your staff disagrees with your direction, they can undermine it. So the Reagan administration tried, in the 1980s, to do what it could to staff up with good people. But thanks to the aforementioned civil service rules, they couldn’t force out the bad ones. We have therefore always had both good and bad – pro-American and anti-American – bureaucrats throughout our federal bureaucracy.

The Right has an institutional disadvantage in this struggle: as a general rule, conservatives don’t want to work for government; liberals do. So when liberals enter these agencies, especially at the outset, they are more likely to remain, safely Hatched, for their entire careers. When conservatives enter, they often to do so only to gain experience so they can move up in the private sector.

Any new administration is likely, therefore, to inherit a bureaucracy already naturally skewed in the favor of big government.

So we now look at a new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions of Alabama… a senator for the past two decades, a state level Attorney General and former US attorney before that. Perfectly experienced for this new position.

Congress and the public rightly expect him to focus – full time – on the obvious jobs. Running the FBI, the DEA, the selection of judicial appointments. They will nag him on matters like prosecutions of companies who’ve been alleged to violate the big corporate rules, and they will nag him to appoint special prosecutors whenever they smell blood in the water anywhere in government.

But this administration was elected to Drain the Swamp… to remove the corruption that’s been baked into Washington DC for decades.

This means prosecutions of crooked politicians who’ve been getting away with it for years. It means new commissions to root out such corruption within the civil service.

And somehow he must also find time to deal with the termites in the Deep State… the civil servants – agencies chock full of them – who, in their normal course of employment as federal bureaucrats, undermine our very system.

If this administration is to make any real progress, somehow the new Attorney General must find a way to turn agencies like the ones listed here – and dozens more – away from their long path of undermining our system, and turn them back toward useful, constitutional goals. This is possible, though difficult, with some of these agencies.

But with some of these agencies, it may be impossible. We have a host of agencies in our federal government that are so populated with true believers in what can only fairly be called tyranny that the only solution is to close down the agencies entirely.

And that’s where the names of these agencies come into play. Imagine an administration that calls for the closure of something called the “Community Oriented Policing Services” or the “Office for Access to Justice.” Imagine the optics of that, as they say in Washington.

If it’s discovered that a birthday cake was poisoned, you naturally remove the birthday cake from your child’s party rather than serve it. But you know that half the kids will report back to their parents “they refused to serve the birthday cake!”

Optics. Just one of the many challenges that the Deep State has baked into the political system.

As we read of “leaks” from the Washington establishment in the days and months and years to come… as we hear of resistance from within the government to the changes that our nation so desperately needs… remember how deeply infested the government is with termites – with people who live their very lives to overregulate, to exceed their authority, to hamstring the free market in every way they can.

The Deep State is full of people who were hired in the Obama years, the Clinton years, and the Carter years, to do exactly what the 2016 election revolted against. They’re still there, and they’re very hard to get rid of.

In addition, many of those people got themselves promotions over the years, to work in Human Resources, to work as managers and supervisors and directors. You know what that means: they were empowered to do more hiring themselves.

So even during the Reagan administration, and the Bush I and Bush II administrations, there were Carter and Clinton era appointees hiring more of their kind of people into the government. While the Presidents and cabinet Secretaries gave orders from the top, bureaucrats continued to be hired into the civil service by civil service holdovers, to thwart those orders!

This is why President Trump’s order for a hiring freeze in the federal bureaucracy is so critical. It’s not just for budgetary reasons; it’s because, somehow, we have to stop expanding the regulatory state, and somehow get control of the regulators already in place after a century of uncontrolled expansion.

Somehow, if this nation is to survive, the Deep State must be made to understand that their protections as civil servants do NOT overrule the voters’ protections under the Constitution.

We must, somehow, return to the ways of the Founding Fathers. We must again learn to appreciate the limitless potential afforded only by limited government.

Violent protesters beat pro-Trump demonstrators at Calif. rally, burn American flags & free speech signs

A small riot erupted Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, California, after violent protesters confronted pro-Trump demonstrators and allegedly began a confrontation that turned violent.

The confrontation occurred on a day when Americans across the country held peaceful demonstrations in support of President Donald Trump, free speech and America.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the pro-Trump demonstrators participating in the “March 4 Trump” rally began marching at 2 p.m. PST Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. Just several blocks up the road, they were met by counter-protesters dressed in masks and black clothing who began the confrontation.

By 3 p.m., the self-proclaimed anarchists were dominating the crowd. Dressed all in black and wearing cloth bandannas over their faces, they stopped traffic as they marched from the park through downtown with the smaller mix of Trump supporters and counterprotesters. In the park, people opposed to Trump threw eggs and burned both American flags and the red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hats.
Photos and videos posted to Twitter and other social media showed fistfights, shouting matches, people being beat with sticks and signs, people pulling hair and some counter-protesters pepper-spraying the pro-Trump marchers, including an elderly man.

 

Home Depot Makes HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT In Trump’s New America!

Home improvement giant Home Depot announced it will be hiring more than 80,000 new employees this year to meet staffing needs during the spring season.

The company seeks to hire new employees in positions ranging from cashiers to freight handlers to customer service representatives. The hiring push comes as the company heads into a traditionally busy time of the year, as people begin spring landscaping and other home projects.

In an effort to expedite hiring, the company has streamlined the application process by allowing prospective employees to apply via mobile phones and tablet devices. The company claims the application process takes an average of 15 minutes.
“We want everyone to have an easy and convenient experience with The Home Depot, whether they’re shopping with us or applying for a position,” said Tim Crow, the retailer’s executive vice president for human resources, in a statement on the hiring drive.

Many of the positions will be for seasonal associates, but the company says some of the new hires will be given long-term employment past the spring based on the needs of the store.

Over half of Home Depot’s seasonal hires are given permanent placement with hourly rates ranging from $9.37-$13.78 for a standard sales associate, based on wage data.

During the presidential campaign, Home Depot’s co-founder Bernard Marcus found himself targeted by critics after he endorsed a Donald Trump presidency.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says That Donald Trump Could Be The Greatest President In History

By R.M., Politicus:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late-Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy probably made the most shocking statement during his interview for CNN. Well, liberals will definitely be shocked, that’s a sure bet.

“Donald Trump could be the greatest president in history if he wanted to, he could easily be the next Teddy Roosevelt.”

Is this a clear sign of admiration or what?

“Well, I think Donald Trump can be, you know, any kind of president he wants. He’s actually — he has this extraordinary opportunity because he’s coming into office less burdened by obligation than probably any president in our history with the possible exception of Andrew Jackson,” Kennedy continued.

“And you know, both of them, Jackson and Trump came in, they were — people were sickened, they were outraged when Jackson came in and they thought it was the end of the world and he became a — unless you were an American-Indian, he became a very good president in defending the country against corporate power and really democratizing America in many ways.”

“Trump does not have obligations, he could really be an extraordinary president.”

It’s just getting better.

“You know, I think he can do anything he wants because he is not — he is not bound by ideology. He is less bound by ideology than any president probably that we’ve had this century.”

“He said to Leonardo DiCaprio the other day that he wanted to be the next Teddy Roosevelt, and he can easily do that.”

“I think he can be any kind of president he wants. I think he could be the greatest president in history if he wanted to.”

This is probably the most amazing statement so far, and it’s pleasing to see that it comes from such an important person.

THIS IS WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE PISSED OFF

DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE’S FINANCIAL IMPACT COULD BE STAGGERING

by Andrew West

An enormous debate was once raging around the path of Dakota Access Pipeline, with camps of liberal litterers finally being evicted by the Trump administration.

The trashy mess leftover by these leftist agitators belied their complete and utter lack of fundamental reasoning, and underscored the issue that progressive groups have with “big picture” logic. Now, a new report out of North Dakota has outlined something else that these protesters didn’t realize; the Dakota Access Pipeline is going go be an enormous boon to the North Dakota economy.

“North Dakota is expected to gain $100 million or more annually in tax revenue once crude oil begins flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to an Associated Press report released on Thursday.
“That’s money the sparsely populated northern state, which struggles with declining tax revenue, can use.
“North Dakota has a police bill of $33 million from the cost of dispatching officers and security personnel to the pipeline site to respond to sometimes violent protests.
“As soon as next week, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion pipeline could begin shipping crude oil on the more-than 1,000-mile journey to Illinois.
“North Dakota gains tax revenue from every barrel of crude that flows through the pipeline. Besides oil tax revenue from the pipeline, the state can expect more than $10 million annually in property taxes related to the pipeline.”
This revenue will have an enormously powerful impact on North Dakota and its residents – something that the liberal protesters and democratic agitators excluded in their assessment of the situation.

North Dakota is expected to gain $100 million or more annually in tax revenue once crude oil begins flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to an Associated Press report released on Thursday.

That’s money the sparsely populated northern state, which struggles with declining tax revenue, can use.
North Dakota has a police bill of $33 million from the cost of dispatching officers and security personnel to the pipeline site to respond to sometimes violent protests.

As soon as next week, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion pipeline could begin shipping crude oil on the more-than 1,000-mile journey to Illinois.

North Dakota gains tax revenue from every barrel of crude that flows through the pipeline. Besides oil tax revenue from the pipeline, the state can expect more than $10 million annually in property taxes related to the pipeline.

North Dakota’s state budget analysts expect to release a new revenue forecast next week that reflects the anticipated tax revenue increase, said State Budget Director Pam Sharp.

While the revenue the state expects to gather in just one year will far exceed North Dakota’s higher police expenses, experts say the extra revenue shouldn’t be considered a payoff.

“This is just one benefit a state gets if it is able to make these pipelines work,” Nick Loris, research fellow in energy and environment policy at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News. “It’s a cherry on top economically, for something that gets Americans and businesses reliable, safe sources of energy — these are good things.”

But Fox News contributor and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, who opposes the pipeline, said the real cost may be higher than state officials know.

“North Dakota and other states may soon discover that the temporary financial benefits of pipeline revenue will be far outweighed by the almost incalculable environmental damage which these pipelines bring, including the potential contamination of drinking water supplies,” Kucinich told Fox News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

OH MY GOD

Believe in America: Trump reboots his presidency with condemnation of hatred, a rousing vision of what country can be by 250th anniversary of independence and a heartbreaking appearance by the widow of SEAL hero whose father snubbed him

President Trump addressed both houses of Congress in a Joint Session just over a month into his presidency
New U.S. leader channeled Kennedy to speak of the ‘courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts’
But bluntly political speech also tells the House and the Senate to take action on his agenda
He told them to ‘increase funding for our veterans,’ pass ‘historic tax reform’, ‘repeal and replace Obamacare,’ and ‘help ensure new parents have paid family leave’
Most electrifying moment of address lasting slightly over one hour was when he paid tribute to William ‘Ryan’ Owens, SEAL killed on raid in Yemen last month
The SEAL’s widow Carryn Owens sat beside Ivanka Trump and cried as the divided Congress united for the longest ovation of the evening
Trump refused to back down on immigration saying: ‘what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one?’
Opening sentences of speech robustly condemned anti-Semitic attacks and allegedly racially motivated Kansas City shooting of two Indian men
Democratic women wore white in reference to fight for suffrage and made thumbs down gestures to speech

by David Martosko

President Donald Trump took his first mission-critical trip down Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday to address a Joint Session of Congress, telling his political opponents that ‘the time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is behind us.’
At that very moment, a member of the Democratic Party hissed.
But Trump’s 60-minute speech drew 94 interruptions for applause, including a sustained, tear-jerking ovation for the widow of a Navy SEAL killed in action just eight days after Trump took office.
As Carryn Owens wept and Ivanka Trump comforted her, Trump said her husband Ryan was happy that the lengthy applause ‘broke a record.’
The slain sailor’s father made headlines last week when he said he had refused to speak with the president when his son’s remains were returned to the U.S. in a somber ceremony. He also blasted Trump for green-lighting what he called the ‘stupid mission’ that claimed Ryan’s life.
But the president praised Ryan as ‘a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation.’
‘Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity’ Trump said. ‘For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom. We will never forget Ryan.’
Trump began Tuesday night with a claim on the role of political peacemaker, saying he wanted to bring Americans who voted for him together with those who didn’t.
‘I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart,’ he said.

That followed a stunning condemnation of anti-Semitism and other hatred.
Trump declared that the close of Black History Month led him to remember ‘our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains.’
Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.
President Donald Trump
‘Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.’
Some of Trump’s other rhetoric was full of hopeful Kennedyesque loft – notable after four contentious weeks marking the beginning of the president’s Washington odyssey.
‘Think of the marvels we can achieve,’ Trump urged, speaking of his still-incubating science reform proposals, ‘if we simply set free the dreams of our people, cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.’
‘American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream. Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect. And streets where mothers are safe from fear, schools where children learn in peace, and jobs where Americans prosper and grow are not too much to ask.’
Trump, 70, was predicting a safer and more prosperous world when America celebrates its 250th birthday in 2026. He noted the centennial celebrations in 1876 where ‘the country’s builders and artists and inventors showed off their creations’ in Philadelphia.

DEMOCRATS LAUGHED, HISSED AND GASPED
Trump made appeal after appeal for bipartisan cooperation, but Democrats were anything but unanimously receptive.
SEAL HERO PRAISED
Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom. We will never forget Ryan.
Trump, paying tribute to Ryan Owens, a Navy SEAL who perished in a military operation late last month
Some of them laughed out loud when the president bragged that he has ‘begun to drain the swamp of government corruption.’
Others gasped in audible disbelief when he announced the formation of a government department to assist victims of illegal-immigrant criminals.
Then came the hissing when he announced that ‘the time for trivial fights is behind us.’
Democrats sat, arms folded, as he rattled off a laundry list of his supporters’ red meat slogans – all with the usual panache.
‘We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border,’ he said. ‘It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.’
And he doubled down on efforts to pause admissions to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations where limited screening capacity has left question marks next to countless incoming travelers.
‘It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur,’ he said.
Democrats have already pilloried Trump through days of tumult as his White House endured an error-ridden rollout of his travel ban order.
They descended into Schadenfreude as the investigative saga of his campaign’s alleged Moscow ties took on new and ever more threatening forms.
They mocked the Trump administration’s leak-prone inner circle. They obstructed the confirmation calendar of his cabinet secretaries.
They clobbered the first outline of the president’s budget priorities.
They were joined in that by some key Republicans.

RED MEAT ON ISIS AND IMMIGRATION
On Tuesday they joined the GOP in applauding Trump’s condemnation of the ISIS terror army as ‘a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs.’
There was no such bipartisan appreciation when the president boomed the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’
The degree to which Trump has polarized Washington could be seen on the faces of lawmakers, and in the reactions of TV hosts Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity. Both men were guests of congressmen.
Hannity, a Fox News conservative, applauded and roared as Trump outlined his agenda. MSNBC’s Scarborough, a former Republican congressman who now mocks the White House daily, scowled and shook his head.
Trump began Tuesday night with a claim on the role of political peacemaker, saying he wanted to bring Americans who voted for him together with those who didn’t
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Trump began Tuesday night with a claim on the role of political peacemaker, saying he wanted to bring Americans who voted for him together with those who didn’t
Trump called on Tuesday for Congress to ‘increase funding for our veterans,’ pass ‘historic tax reform’ for middle-class Americans, make good on his campaign pledge to ‘repeal and replace Obamacare,’ help soften the financial burden of child care, and ‘help ensure new parents have paid family leave.’
His speech also included a demand that the government ‘invest in women’s health’ and ‘promote clean air and clean water and rebuild our military infrastructure.’
And Trump boasted that ‘by finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.’
Trump’s domestic policy prescriptions were led by his death prognosis for the Obamacare medical insurance overhaul experiment.
‘Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do,’ he pledged.
‘Remember when you were told that you could keep your doctor, and keep your plan? We now know that all of those promises have been broken.’
Trump said he will support retaining one aspect of the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that patients with pre-existing medical conditions can’t be denied insurance coverage.
He also demanded ‘a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.’

NO BACKING DOWN: SCHOOL CHOICE AND DEPORTATIONS
The president challenged Congress to develop a plan that will use tax credits and ‘Health Savings Accounts’ to give Americans a broader choice of plans – including those offered by insurance companies in other states.
Trump also planted a stake in the ground for school-choice advocates, saying that ‘education is the civil rights issue of our time.’
He asked Congress for an education bill ‘that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children.’
‘These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them,’ he said.
Another dramatic moment came when he acknowledged Jamiel Shaw, the father of a 17-year-old boy who was ‘viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member who had just been released from prison.’
Shaw, along with a group of ‘Angel Moms’ who lost children in similar attacks, was a fixture at Trump campaign rallies.
Next to him sat the widows of two police officers ‘gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations.’
The central philosophy of the president’s economic and foreign policies is the ‘America first’ agenda he promised would guide him in his inauguration speech.

SOLVE PROBLEMS AT HOME FIRST
On Tuesday he sat comfortably with that idea, making the case that the U.S. should look inward to enact some of the solutions it has spent generations
‘For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries,’ he said.
‘We’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit – and so many other places throughout our land.
‘We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.
‘And we’ve spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.’
Trump painted his own political rise as the antidote, saying that last year ‘the earth shifted beneath our feet’ as a quiet conservative counter-culture became a ‘loud chorus’ and then a political ‘earthquake’ of millions who elected him.
Later he declared that while ‘America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path,’ his own job is ‘not to represent the world: My job is to represent the United States of America.’
More members of Congress – including a nearly full complement of Democrats – heard Trump’s message Tuesday in person than anything the brash billionaire had said previously.

FIVE MINUTE OVATION AS HE ENTERED TO CHEERS
Following a rash of Democratic boycotts of his January 20 inauguration, only one – Rep. Maxine Waters of California – announced that she would purposely skip Tuesday’s speech.
The far-left partisan reportedly said during a Democratic Caucus meeting that any lawmaker ‘who can’t sit still shouldn’t go.’
Others, including New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, said they would attend but go out of their way to avoid shaking Trump’s hand – something few members of Congress get close enough to do.
Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee, known for hogging an aisle seat every time President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union speech – the better to be seen on TV shaking his hand – said through a spokesman that she didn’t plan to repeat the effort.
New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, another Democrat, was also fond of sitting on the aisle so he could share a few words with Obama once a year.
But as Trump turned the page and builds his own relationship with Congress, Pascrell told Fox News: ‘I will not take an aisle seat.’
Trump entered the House chamber to raucous cheers from the GOP and polite claps from Democrats.
He pumped a fist, straightened his blue-and-white striped tie, and acknowledged more than five minutes of sustained applause. Another ovation came after House Speaker Paul Ryan pounded a ceremonial gavel and introduced him
The occasion of a president’s first speech before the entire federal legislature and most of his cabinet – one member always stays away as a ‘designated survivor’ in case of the unthinkable – is a ‘State of the Union’ address in all but name.

CAMPAIGN PLEDGE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE GETS FRESH AIRING
On Tuesday that honor went to Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin.
Trump’s main job Tuesday and in the days that follow is to give his administration a booster shot of enthusiasm.
Many of the key issues in the president’s stable, all campaign rally standards, had lost their luster in the corrosive air of government.
His once-rock-solid pledge to begin repealing and replacing Obamacare on the first day of his presidency ran into the buzz saw of internal Republican politics, with warring factions disagreeing about whether the two halves of the promise need to happen simultaneously.
Bernie Sanders was in high spirits as he greeted colleagues before the speech
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Bernie Sanders was in high spirits as he greeted colleagues before the speech
Trump’s prepared remarks include a firm marker, however, demanding ‘reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time provide better health care.’
‘Mandating every American to buy government approved health insurance was never the right solution for America,’ Trump said.
‘The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance and that is what we will do.’
Trump once vowed to rebuild America’s ‘decimated’ military, but the reality of cutting $54 billion per year from domestic spending to pay for it has drawn jaundiced stares on Capitol Hill from both sides of the aisle.
Even his signature issue – illegal immigration – has seen the Trumpian bravado quieted into a quietly whispered cascade of maybes.
On Tuesday afternoon multiple sources in a lunch meeting the president held with television anchors said he made an overture to Democrats about an immigration reform proposal.
‘The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides,’ he reportedly said.
Those words hung in the Washington air for hours on Tuesday as pundits and lawmakers alike wondered if Trump was ready to embrace the kind of ‘Gang of Eight’ compromise he mocked during the Republican primary season.
A law offering some illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status – or even citizenship – was the sort of sausage-making that made Marco Rubio’s path to the White House impossibly fraught.

MELANIA GETS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
His first move may be to lower the bar for so-called ‘DREAMers,’ people illegally brought to the U.S. years ago when they were children.
Trump called their situation ‘very, very difficult’ during a press conference just a dozen days ago.
‘To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids … they were brought in here in such a way. It’s a very, very tough subject,’ he said, while emphasizing that some of them have turned criminal and should be deported.
The president’s campaign persona emphasized a one-size-fits-all approach, saying last August that every illegal immigrant would have ‘to return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else,’ as part of his bid to ‘break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration.
There is a long tradition of the party out of power sitting out applause lines thrown at them by the president during a speech they are forced to watch on camera.
Democrats on Tuesday took their opposition to a new level. When the president got announced and entered the chamber, dozens of Democrats stood, but kept blank expressions on their faces and refrained from clapping.
Even when Trump made non-controversial statements about lowering prescription drug costs, many Democrats sat on their hands.
There were a few holdovers from the traditional theater that comes with the speech.
When First Lady Melania Trump first entered the chamber – after an awkward interlude where she stood without waving – the chamber erupted into a big round of applause with approving yells.

‘Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:
‘Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.
‘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.
‘All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.
‘In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.
‘It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.
‘But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?
‘I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future.
‘For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries.
‘We’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit — and so many other places throughout our land.
‘We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.
‘And we’ve spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.
‘Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet. The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds -– families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.
‘But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.
‘Finally, the chorus became an earthquake – and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first … because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
‘Dying industries will come roaring back to life. Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need.
‘Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve.
‘Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.
‘Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately, stop.
‘And our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.
‘Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people.
‘It’s been a little over a month since my inauguration, and I want to take this moment to update the Nation on the progress I’ve made in keeping those promises.
‘Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.
‘The stock market has gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election on November 8th, a record. We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter, and will be saving billions more dollars on contracts all across our Government. We have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential Federal workers.
‘We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a 5 year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials –- and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.
‘We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every Government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every 1 new regulation, 2 old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.
‘We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs — and I’ve issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.
‘We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.
‘With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a Council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.
‘To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime.
‘I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.
‘We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.
‘At the same time, my Administration has answered the pleas of the American people for immigration enforcement and border security. By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone. We want all Americans to succeed –- but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders.
‘For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.
‘As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens. Bad ones are going out as I speak tonight and as I have promised.
‘To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this question: what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or a loved one, because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?
‘Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States. We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.
‘According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home -– from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center.
‘We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.
‘It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.
‘We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America — we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.
‘That is why my Administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our Nation safe — and to keep out those who would do us harm.
‘As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS — a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs. We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.
‘I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel.
‘Finally, I have kept my promise to appoint a Justice to the United States Supreme Court — from my list of 20 judges — who will defend our Constitution. I am honored to have Maureen Scalia with us in the gallery tonight. Her late, great husband, Antonin Scalia, will forever be a symbol of American justice. To fill his seat, we have chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man of incredible skill, and deep devotion to the law. He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals, and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination.
‘Tonight, as I outline the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited.
‘Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.
‘Over 43 million people are now living in poverty, and over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.
‘More than 1 in 5 people in their prime working years are not working.
‘We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years.
‘In the last 8 years, the past Administration has put on more new debt than nearly all other Presidents combined.
‘We’ve lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was approved, and we’ve lost 60,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
‘Our trade deficit in goods with the world last year was nearly $800 billion dollars.
‘And overseas, we have inherited a series of tragic foreign policy disasters.
‘Solving these, and so many other pressing problems, will require us to work past the differences of party. It will require us to tap into the American spirit that has overcome every challenge throughout our long and storied history.
‘But to accomplish our goals at home and abroad, we must restart the engine of the American economy — making it easier for companies to do business in the United States, and much harder for companies to leave.
‘Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world.
‘My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.
‘We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.
‘Currently, when we ship products out of America, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes — but when foreign companies ship their products into America, we charge them almost nothing.
‘I just met with officials and workers from a great American company, Harley-Davidson. In fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles, made in the USA, on the front lawn of the White House.
‘At our meeting, I asked them, how are you doing, how is business? They said that it’s good. I asked them further how they are doing with other countries, mainly international sales. They told me — without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it — that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent.
‘They weren’t even asking for change. But I am.
‘I believe strongly in free trade but it also has to be FAIR TRADE.
‘The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, warned that the “abandonment of the protective policy by the American Government [will] produce want and ruin among our people.”
‘Lincoln was right — and it is time we heeded his words. I am not going to let America and its great companies and workers, be taken advantage of anymore.
‘I am going to bring back millions of jobs. Protecting our workers also means reforming our system of legal immigration. The current, outdated system depresses wages for our poorest workers, and puts great pressure on taxpayers.
‘Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others –- have a merit-based immigration system. It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially. Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon. According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.
‘Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits: it will save countless dollars, raise workers’ wages, and help struggling families –- including immigrant families –- enter the middle class.
‘I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws.
‘If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.
‘Another Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, initiated the last truly great national infrastructure program –- the building of the interstate highway system. The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding.
‘America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this six trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country –- twice. And maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate.
‘To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs.
‘This effort will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and Hire American.
‘Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare.
‘Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.
‘Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits. As an example, Arizona went up 116 percent last year alone. Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky just said Obamacare is failing in his State — it is unsustainable and collapsing.
‘One third of counties have only one insurer on the exchanges –- leaving many Americans with no choice at all.
‘Remember when you were told that you could keep your doctor, and keep your plan?
‘We now know that all of those promises have been broken.
‘Obamacare is collapsing –- and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice –- it is a necessity.
‘So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.
‘Here are the principles that should guide the Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans:
‘First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.
‘Secondly, we should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts –- but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the Government.
‘Thirdly, we should give our great State Governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.
‘Fourthly, we should implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance – and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs and bring them down immediately.
‘Finally, the time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across State lines –- creating a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring cost way down and provide far better care.
‘Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.
‘Our citizens deserve this, and so much more –- so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.
‘My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women’s health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.
‘True love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every American child who deserves a brighter future.
‘An incredible young woman is with us this evening who should serve as an inspiration to us all.
‘Today is Rare Disease day, and joining us in the gallery is a Rare Disease Survivor, Megan Crowley. Megan was diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old. She was not expected to live past 5.
‘On receiving this news, Megan’s dad, John, fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child. He founded a company to look for a cure, and helped develop the drug that saved Megan’s life. Today she is 20 years old — and a sophomore at Notre Dame.
‘Megan’s story is about the unbounded power of a father’s love for a daughter.
‘But our slow and burdensome approval process at the Food and Drug Administration keeps too many advances, like the one that saved Megan’s life, from reaching those in need.
‘If we slash the restraints, not just at the FDA but across our Government, then we will be blessed with far more miracles like Megan.
‘In fact, our children will grow up in a Nation of miracles.
‘But to achieve this future, we must enrich the mind –- and the souls –- of every American child.
‘Education is the civil rights issue of our time.
‘I am calling upon Members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.
‘Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather. As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice. But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning, with the help of a tax credit scholarship program. Today, she is the first in her family to graduate, not just from high school, but from college. Later this year she will get her masters degree in social work.
‘We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty just like Denisha.
‘But to break the cycle of poverty, we must also break the cycle of violence.
‘The murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century.
‘In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone –- and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher.
‘This is not acceptable in our society.
‘Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, to attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job.
‘But to create this future, we must work with –- not against -– the men and women of law enforcement.
‘We must build bridges of cooperation and trust –- not drive the wedge of disunity and division.
‘Police and sheriffs are members of our community. They are friends and neighbors, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters – and they leave behind loved ones every day who worry whether or not they’ll come home safe and sound.
‘We must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement.
‘And we must support the victims of crime.
‘I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims. The office is called VOICE –- Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.
‘Joining us in the audience tonight are four very brave Americans whose government failed them.
‘Their names are Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver, and Jessica Davis.
‘Jamiel’s 17-year-old son was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, who had just been released from prison. Jamiel Shaw Jr. was an incredible young man, with unlimited potential who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great quarterback. But he never got the chance. His father, who is in the audience tonight, has become a good friend of mine.
‘Also with us are Susan Oliver and Jessica Davis. Their husbands –- Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis –- were slain in the line of duty in California. They were pillars of their community. These brave men were viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations.
‘Sitting with Susan is her daughter, Jenna. Jenna: I want you to know that your father was a hero, and that tonight you have the love of an entire country supporting you and praying for you.
‘To Jamiel, Jenna, Susan and Jessica: I want you to know –- we will never stop fighting for justice. Your loved ones will never be forgotten, we will always honor their memory.
‘Finally, to keep America Safe we must provide the men and women of the United States military with the tools they need to prevent war and –- if they must –- to fight and to win.
‘I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the Defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.
‘My budget will also increase funding for our veterans.
‘Our veterans have delivered for this Nation –- and now we must deliver for them.
‘The challenges we face as a Nation are great. But our people are even greater.
‘And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform.
‘We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.
‘I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.” Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.
‘To those allies who wonder what kind of friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.
‘Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies across the globe.
‘We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism.
‘But our partners must meet their financial obligations.
‘And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.
‘We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific –- to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.
‘We will respect historic institutions, but we will also respect the sovereign rights of nations.
‘Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people –- and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict — not more.
‘We must learn from the mistakes of the past –- we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world.
‘The only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long process of rebuilding.
‘America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align. We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.
‘We want peace, wherever peace can be found. America is friends today with former enemies. Some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these World Wars. This history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world.
‘Hopefully, the 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just and more free.
‘On our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our Nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America’s centennial. At that celebration, the country’s builders and artists and inventors showed off their creations.
‘Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time.
‘Remington unveiled the first typewriter. An early attempt was made at electric light.
‘Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen.
‘Imagine the wonders our country could know in America’s 250th year.
‘Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.
‘Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.
‘American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.
‘Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect.
‘And streets where mothers are safe from fear — schools where children learn in peace — and jobs where Americans prosper and grow — are not too much to ask.
‘When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans.
‘This is our vision. This is our mission.
‘But we can only get there together.
‘We are one people, with one destiny.
‘We all bleed the same blood.
‘We all salute the same flag.
‘And we are all made by the same God.
‘And when we fulfill this vision; when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American Greatness began.
‘The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us.
‘We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.
‘The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls.
‘And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action.
‘From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears –- inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past –- and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts.
‘I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country. And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and —
‘Believe in yourselves.
‘Believe in your future.
‘And believe, once more, in America.
‘Thank you, God bless you, and God Bless these United States.’
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Trump gives his hard-line campaign promises a more moderate tone in address to Congress

President Trump promised to lower taxes, combat terrorism and replace the Affordable Care Act in a speech to a joint session of Congress, Feb. 28. Here are key moments from that speech. (Video: Sarah Parnass/Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa February 28 at 11:29 PM
President Trump sought to repackage his hard-line campaign promises with a moderate sheen Tuesday night, declaring what he termed “a new chapter of American greatness” of economic renewal and military might in his first joint address to Congress.

Seeking to steady his presidency after a tumultuous first 40 days, Trump had an air of seriousness and revealed flashes of compassion as he broadly outlined a sweeping agenda to rebuild a country he described as ravaged by crime and drugs, deteriorating infrastructure and failing bureaucracies.

Trump’s 60-minute speech touched on his plans to overhaul the nation’s health-care system and tax code, but it was short on specifics and heavy on lofty prose. Struggling to steer a bitterly divided nation with his job-approval ratings at historic lows, Trump effectively pleaded with the American people to give him a chance and to imagine what could be achieved during his presidency.

“We are one people, with one destiny,” Trump said quietly near the end. “The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.”

Trump extended olive branches to his opponents. He called on Congress to pass paid family leave, a reference to a long-held Democratic Party priority that brought liberal lawmakers to their feet to applaud. And he pledged to work with Muslim allies to extinguish Islamic State terrorists, going so far as to acknowledge the killings of Muslims as well as Christians in the Middle East.

Still, Trump did not back away from his most controversial policies. He used typically bellicose language to describe the fight against the Islamic State, calling it “a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women and children of all faiths and all beliefs.” He made a point to utter the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” which Republicans cheered heartily.

[President Trump’s joint address to Congress, annotated]

The president forcefully defended his travel ban of refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries — an executive order that was halted in federal court — as necessary to prevent the entry of foreigners who do not share America’s values.

“We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America,” Trump said. “We cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.”

The president trumpeted his plans to budget a major increase in military spending. One of Trump’s fiercest Republican critics, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), stood enthusiastically when the president said he would end the “defense sequester” caps on Pentagon spending.
On foreign affairs, Trump said he would honor historic alliances — and explicitly stated his support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, on which he had wavered during his campaign — but said he would seek new ones as well, even with former adversaries. The latter seemed an indirect reference to potentially working to combat terrorism with Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded meddled in the November election in hopes of helping Trump.

“America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where share interests align,” Trump said. “We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.”