US President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress: In his own words

March 1, 2017 8:25 pm

President is greeted as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington to address a joint session. Photo / AP

The White House has released the following excerpts from President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, as prepared for delivery:

– Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.
– And we’ve spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.
– We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials – and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.
– By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.
– As promised, 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.

– But to accomplish our goals at home and abroad, we must restart the engine of the American economy – making it easier for companies to do business in the , and much harder for companies to leave.- We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.
– My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone.
– At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.
– Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs and at the same time provide better health care.
– Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America.
– The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.
– Obamacare is collapsing – and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice – it is a necessity.
– So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.
– My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women’s health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.
– True love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every American child who deserves a brighter future.

First lady Melania Trump is applauded as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo / AP

– Today is Rare Disease Day, and joining us in the gallery is a rare disease survivor, Megan Crowley. Megan was diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old. She was not expected to live past 5.
-On receiving this , Megan’s dad, John, fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child. He founded a company to look for a cure, and helped develop the drug that saved Megan’s life. Today she is 20 years old – and a sophomore at Notre Dame. Megan’s story is about the unbounded power of a father’s love for a daughter.
– Finally, to keep America safe we must provide the men and women of military with the tools they need to prevent war and – if they must – to fight and to win.
– I am sending Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defence sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defence spending in American history.
– My budget will also increase funding for our veterans. Our veterans have delivered for this nation – and now we must deliver for them.
– The challenges we face as a nation are great.
– But our people are even greater.
– And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform.
– But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict – not more.
– We must learn from the mistakes of the past – we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world.
– The only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long process of rebuilding.

President Donald Trump waves on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo / AP

– America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align.
– Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.
– Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.
– American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.
– Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect.
– And streets where mothers are safe from fear – schools where children learn in peace – and jobs where Americans prosper and grow – are not too much to ask.
– When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before.
– The time for small thinking is over.
– The time for trivial fights is behind us.
– We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.
– The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls.
– And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action.
– From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations – not burdened by our fears.
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