Trump delivers unifying, bipartisan State of Union address

President Trump [Photo credit: Telegraph.co.uk]

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night delivered his maiden State of the Union address, which largely sought to unify the country and sought bipartisan support involving Democrats and Republicans.

Mr. Trump’s address to the joint session of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, which he delivered over more than an hour, came amid a divided America, including a sharp political divide fuelled by some of the president’s policies.

The president’s speech, broadcast live by networks and monitored by the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, addressed contentious issues of immigration, terrorism, healthcare, economy, bipartisanship and America’s diversity.

“I am here to deliver a message of unity,” Trump started the address, and went ahead immediately to pay tribute to the Black History Month and condemning anti-Semitism, in what is largely viewed as his best speech ever.

“Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us 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 forms.”

“The time for trivial fights is behind us,” the president added, intermittently drawing applause and standing ovation from Republicans, while appealing to sense of reasoning from Democrats to put partisanship ahead and work for the interest of America and Americans.

The president used the address to update Americans on his presidency since the past five weeks and laying bare his plans for the American people.

In a sharp departure from the past, Mr. Trump’s address for the more than one hour was devoid of his usual attacks on the media, political opponents, immigrants and historical allies.

“I am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children.

“These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them,” he said.

On the controversial travel ban, the president said “I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible”.

Mr. Trump condemned violence against religious minorities and stressed his vow to destroy the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“I directed the Department of Defence to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS – a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs.

“We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet,” he said.

Mr. Trump, who touted his “make America great again” slogan throughout the speech, however, declared that “I am elected to represent the interest of America, not to represent the whole world.”

(NAN)


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  • Noble

    Trump seems to retracting from his campaign promises of unexcutable policies. Thank be to God.

  • Haba mallam

    The coverage that premium times give to the American president Donald Trump is quite disturbing. With all the problems we have in this country and Africa that the world need know and hear about its always some bullshit reports about what Donald Trump says as if we are a American colony. Please somebody tell what we stand to gain by telling Nigerians what an American president tell his countrymen. Unless your aim is to be in the good books of Americans so they process your visa faster what is the reason for such a coverage that even our president doesn’t get from you. Shame on agents of imperialism! I doubt pm will release this comment.

    • Impulse400

      If PT staff get locked up today for publishing true stories about your country today, will you stick your neck out to seek their immediate release…? (I honestly doubt it!) But Foreign Diplomats can…

      • Haba mallam

        You just proved my point, American interest is what these journalist were paid to protect and when they get locked up their masters i.e. the so called “foreign diplomats” or American diplomats to be precise stick their necks out to seek their release, hoping you can now see the intricacies of these foreign diplomats.

        • Impulse400

          I have not proved your point. You are reading meanings to my words according to your objectives. I believe I implied that Premium Times are only protecting Premium Times Staffs interests, by making influential friends in foreign places… since the local/domestic friends cannot be relied upon to stick out their necks for Premium Times Staff.

          • Haba mallam

            Oh ok, so that’s the strategy to achieve their objective, promote imperialism and make foreign influential friends at the detriment of local issues that requires urgent attention, and get paid and protected. PM doesn’t need foreign influential friends to protect its staffs, the press freedom in Nigeria is next to the one in USA, if PM can honestly conduct itself Nigerians are its supporters they don’t an imperialist for protection. See, i am reading you correctly.

          • Impulse400

            If I am reading you correctly also, you have a grudge against PT and are deeply prejudiced about their loyalties. They attend to local issues, you cannot claim you don’t notice. But for the sake of your argument, they promote Imperialism at the detriment of local issues that require urgent attention… to you!

            Since you seem most concerned about local issues and imperialism, let us both talk about “Hausa/Fulani Imperialism and the Domination of Nigeria Agenda”.

            For starters, do you admit and acknowledge that Hausa Imperialism or Fulani Imperialism exists in Nigeria…?