Washington, March 1: During his first address to the US Congress this morning President Trump firstly vowed to make ‘America great again’ and also broke his silence on the Kansas bar shooting and condemned the killing of Indian techie Srinivas. President Trump further said the US may be a nation divided on policies, but it is a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.
Prior to Trump’s speech, the Congress had observed a minute of silence for Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed last week after a veteran Navy officer opened fire in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, in an incident being described as racially motivated.
However, President Trump offered mixed signals out his plans on immigration, suggesting privately that he is open to an overhaul bill that could provide a pathway to legal status - but not citizenship - for potentially millions of people who are in the United States illegally but have not committed serious crimes.
The president has ordered the Homeland Security Department to create an office to serve American victims of crimes committed by immigrants. The office will be known as “VOICE” — short for Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.
On terrorism, President Trump said US will work with its allies, including friends in the Muslim World, to extinguish ISIS from the planet. He said a beachhead of terrorism cannot be allowed to form inside America and the country cannot be allowed to become a sanctuary for extremists.
Referring to the construction of a wall along the Mexican border President Trump said, he wants all Americans to succeed but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos. He said the construction of the wall along the southern border will begin soon.
Discussing the economy, President Trump said he will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of future. To drain the swamp of government corruption, Trump announced the imposition of a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.
President Trump also declared the education is the civil rights issue of our time” and called upon Congress to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth. He further said that his administration wants to work with Republicans and Democrats to ensure paid family leave for new parents.
The President also outlined his principles for repealing and replacing the Obama-era health care law. He said that Americans with pre-existing conditions should have access to coverage and there should be a stable transition for those enrolled in the exchanges. In his speech, Trump also said legal reforms should be used to protect patients and doctors and Americans should be able to buy health insurance across state lines.