President Donald Trump addressed Congress on February 28 to discuss his legislative agenda. This was his first speech to Congress, and his policies on issues range from trade, defense, immigration, and counterterrorism.
“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,” Trump said. “I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.”
It was a unifying message that many Americans had never heard Trump say.
A change in Trump’s voice was evident when he condemned the recent threats to Jewish communities center, vandalism at Jewish cemeteries, and the death of two Indian men. He said that violence was a reminder 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 very ugly forms.”
A senior White House official said that Trump wrote the speech himself, and in the highly emotional point of his speech, he turned to the first lady’s box to acknowledge Carryn Owens, a widow whose husband died in an anti-terror raid in Yemen.
“Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation,” Trump said as the House floor erupted in a prolonged standing ovation. Carryn Owens, with tears streaming down her face, look upwards and joined in the applause.
Many praise him for his controlled speech.
“The Donald Trump I heard tonight was a lot more focused and disciplined and subdued, and it was a lot more uneventful in a good way,” moderate House Republican Charlie Dent told CNN’s Tom LoBianco. “There were not a lot of distractions tonight, this speech was much better than the inaugural speech.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell told CNN, “Donald Trump did indeed become presidential tonight, and I think we’ll see that reflected in a higher approval rating.”
“My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America,” said Trump. “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 the destruction that have ravaged and raged throughout the world.”
Donald Trump’s speech sent shockwaves throughout America, and American citizens will hope that what he says will be done.