Trump discusses economy, healthcare, and immigration in State of the Union


  On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address. In his speech, President Trump talked about the economy, business and employment. He also spoke on foreign policy, terrorism and immigration. Roughly 46 million Americans watched the speech, and a CBS poll showed that the speech was received favorably. An estimated 75% of viewers approved the speech and 65% of viewers said the speech made them feel proud.

Trump focused on the actions of his first year. He spoke on the economic success America has experienced as well as unemployment being at a 45-year low. The stock market had reached record highs and small business’ confidence has grown. Trump called on as an example Staub Manufacturing—a small business in Ohio that now plans to raise wages and hire additional workers due to the recent tax reform. Apple’s plan to invest $350 billion in America and hire 20,000 new workers was also mentioned in Trump’s speech.

  Trump spoke about the changes to healthcare, notably his repealing of Obama-care’s individual mandate. His future plans for healthcare include lowering the cost of prescription drugs and convincing Congress to give terminally-ill Americans the “right to try” experimental treatments.

  Trump called on both parties to work towards fixing America’s infrastructure and to streamline permitting and approval processes. Trump also spoke on improving job development and supporting vocational schools.

  In his speech, Trump highlighted the murder of Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens as motivation to implement stricter immigration laws. The six members of the gang MS-13 charged with the murders had exploited the loopholes in the current immigration laws, causing Trump to advocate a four-pillar plan that should strengthen the immigration process. This new legislation would include a pathway to citizenship for DREAMERS, a border wall between the United States and Mexico, the termination of the green card lottery and limiting an immigrant’s sponsorships to immediate family.

  Trump also mentioned his orders to Secretary Mattis to reexamine military detention policy. The speech spoke on the new, more aggressive foreign policy in dealing with ISIS and Al Qaeda. The speech continued with strong criticisms of North Kore and the promise that the new administration would not be complacent.

Trump highlighted the human rights violations of North Korea and spotlighted Ji Seeng-Ho. Seeng-Ho, after a train accident resulted in the loss of his legs, escaped from North Korea on crutches. Trump’s speech also included the story of Otto Warmbier, an American who visited North Korea and was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor for a petty crime that resulted in Otto’s death.

“As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail,” Trump concluded.

  North Korea criticized Trump’s State of the Union, calling on Trump to “get rid of his anachronistic and dogmatic way of thinking”. Several democratic members of Congress boycotted the speech, citing Trump’s rhetoric and vulgar descriptions as their reasons.