President Trump has a message for Americans in his first State of the Union address; "The state of our Union is strong because our people are strong."
So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.
And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.
The president opened his speech touting the successes of his first year in office, saying "we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success." He pointed to the 2.4 million jobs created, rising wages, and record low levels of unemployment as proof the economy is improving, and the massive tax reform bill he signed is working. He said the booming economy is the start of "our new American moment."
This is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.
Trump called for unity throughout his speech, calling on lawmakers from both parties to work together to solve the problems facing America. He pushed for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill "to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs."
Trump called for a bipartisan solution to immigration reform. He called on Congress to "close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country."
Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot ever happen again.
He then went into detail about the immigration reform proposal the White House recently sent to Congress. The president said the plan would "generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age," secure the border, close "loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country," and end both the visa lottery and chain migration.
Trump said that the plan "should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise -- one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs."
Trump tied his immigration reform into the battle against opioid addiction. He promised his "administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need." He said, "we must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge."
In the next part of his speech, he promoted the military's recent success in pushing back ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.
Trump pushed for "Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa'ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists -- wherever we chase them down."
Trump ended his speech with a reminder from the American people to politicians in Washington D.C., "this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them."
But above all else, they are Americans. And this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them.
Our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them.
He said the if the American people are "proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve."
As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.
As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.
Joe Kennedy III delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address reminding the president that "bullies "never win.