In his first State of the Union Address, US President Donald Trump struck an upbeat tone proclaiming a nation that is strong because of its strong backbone – the American citizens.
On his signature issue, Mr. Trump outlined his top priorities on any immigration legislation as Congress considers how to fix the nation’s immigration system.
He endorsed a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought into US as children, but said that it should be paired with border security, an end to the visa lottery system, and an end to US immigration policies that favor family-based immigration.
“Based on these discussions, we presented Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise,” said the US President.
Meanwhile, Trump highlighted what he called the “depraved” nature of the North Korean government. He said the administration was “waging a campaign of maximum pressure” against North Korea to prevent past mistakes and so as not to compromise the safety of the American people.
“North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this very dangerous position,” said Trump.
Other priorities with broader support include the passing of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package and the modernization and rebuilding of the US Nuclear arsenal.
“I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve,” said the US president.
As the midterm elections approach, it will be a question of whether the Democrats will continue the trend of opposing trump or will they outline a vision of their own.