President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening and as predicted focused on his plan to put America first.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2018
Speaking for a full 80 minutes, making it the third longest State of the Union Address in history, President Trump spoke to a divided audience with Republicans giving the president a standing ovation at every possible opportunity and Democrats staying seated with barely an applause to be heard.
Tonight, President Trump delivered his first #SOTU address. He outlined the record-setting accomplishments of his first year and cast an inspiring vision for building a safe, strong, and proud America. https://t.co/Tc8uwgjI9b
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 31, 2018
In his speech, President Trump reiterated his campaign promise to “Make America Great Again” – including his plans for stricter immigration, tax cuts, the economy, trade, prison reform, the war on opiates, and beefing up the military.
Immigration reform played a major role in his speech, with the President laying out plans to abolish to green card lottery and chain migration. “Americans are dreamers too,” President Trump said during the speech saying his duty is to “defend Americans.”
In spite of the blatant divide in the audience, President Trump did touch on the need for Congress to come together, saying, “Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.”
“The people dreamed this country,” Trump said in his State of the Union Address. “The people built this country. And it’s the people who are making America great again.”