State of the Union: Trump’s First Address


Edward Curry, Editor

The State of the Union address is an annual address made by the President of the United States to the United States Congress, the legislative branch in the U.S. Government. Donald Trump, the current President of the United States made his speech recently, on January 30, 2018. Trump’s speech included a statement about a “new American movement”, most likely inferring to the Trump’s administration and supporters of Trump, unlike anything ever seen in years in U.S. politics and government. Trump also included a statement about his tax cuts, which was Trump’s first major goal as President of the United States. Trump said, “Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.” Another statement made by Trump regarding the  “new American movement” was “This is our new American movement. There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.”

Other key topics mentioned in Trump’s State of the Union address was a plan on immigration reform. Trump still is keen on building a wall on the U.S. southern border, between Mexico and the U.S. Trump stated that building the wall will also provide new jobs for Americans such as border security. Trump’s immigration plan also will end visa lottery. This means that America will only take in the best, skilled people who are willing to work hard in America and willing to strive hard to provide for their families. Chain migration will also end under this new immigration system. Trump stated “It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century”. Trump’s immigration policy, while popular among many Republicans, is not to a majority of Democrats who obstruct Trump’s executive order. Trump’s disagreement with the Democrats immigration plan on the “Dreamers” (who are immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally) went so far, that the U.S. Federal Government shutdown on January 20, 2018.

Trump’s State of the Union address was quite an interesting speech made by the President. We as Americans, can look back on the speech and see what is ahead of us in U.S. politics and the future of our republic.