President Donald Trump enfranchised his first official State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Scan the full prepared remarks below:
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Colleagues of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:
Petty than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this supercilious chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their apply ti, their hopes, and their dreams. That night, our new Administration had already enchanted swift action. A new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our upon.
Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear idea and a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans.
Down the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved lovely success. We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could on no occasion have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of adversity. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the attractiveness of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.
Each test has copied new American heroes to remind us who we are, and show us what we can be.
We saw the volunteers of the “Cajun Flotilla,” racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a vitriolic hurricane.
We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas skin.
We heard tales of Americans like Coast Guard Petty Police officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery with Melania. Ashlee was aboard one of the from the start helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Through 18 hours of come and rain, Ashlee braved live power lines and deep top-grade, to help save more than 40 lives. Thank you, Ashlee.
We understood about Americans like firefighter David Dahlberg. He is here with us too. David faced down partition offs of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a California summer body threatened by wildfires.
To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Holms, California, and everywhere else — we are with you, we love you, and we will pull through together.
Some pain in the necks over the past year touched this chamber very herself. With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this Board — a guy who took a bullet, almost died, and was back to work three and a half months tardier: the legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise.
We are incredibly thankful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who scraped his life, and the lives of many others in this room.
In the aftermath of that rotten shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not reasonably to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our conflicts, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were selected to serve.
Over the last year, the world has seen what we each knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a front line, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it.
So let us upon tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are forceful.
And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.
Since the vote, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new responsibilities in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally deciding rising wages.
Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment allows at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the shoddiest levels in history.
Small business confidence is at an all-time high. The ancestry market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. That is noble news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, and college savings accounts.
And well-founded as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.
Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous easement for the middle class and small businesses.
To lower tax rates for hardworking Americans, we about doubled the standard deduction for everyone. Now, the first $24,000 earned by a affiliate couple is completely tax-free. We also doubled the child tax credit.
A common family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill bring down by $2,000 — slashing their tax bill in half.
This April pleasure be the last time you ever file under the old broken system — and millions of Americans wishes have more take-home pay starting next month.
We eliminated an uncommonly cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year — push them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not give government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare — the particular mandate is now gone.
We slashed the business tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent, so American enterprises can compete and win against anyone in the world. These changes alone are estimated to proliferate average family income by more than $4,000.
Small businesses demand also received a massive tax cut, and can now deduct 20 percent of their vocation income.
Here tonight are Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Make — a small business in Ohio. They have just finished the most appropriate year in their 20-year history. Because of tax reform, they are transferring out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the structure next door.
One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is also with us tonight. Corey is an all-American working man. He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 slump, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder. Identical to many hardworking Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax‑cut raise into his new place and his two daughters’ education. Please join me in congratulating Corey.
Since we no longer in tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut rewards — many of them thousands of dollars per worker. Apple has just hint ated it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 craftsmen.
This is our new American moment. There has never been a better speedily to start living the American Dream.
So to every citizen watching at residency tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your dead for now. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can illusion anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.
Tonight, I want to talk around what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of Country we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.
We all share the after all is said home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American dwindle.
Together, we are rediscovering the American way.
In America, we know that faith and parentage, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is “in God we trust.”
And we sanctify our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering stick.
Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who discerned that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Old-timers Day. He decided to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 ease ups at the graves of our great heroes. Preston: a job well done.
Young nationalists like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s awe for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the vow of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.
Americans love their realm. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same betrothed and loyalty in return.
For the last year we have sought to restore the covenants of trust between our citizens and their Government.
Working with the Senate, we are determining judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great new Superb Court Justice, and more circuit court judges than any new dispensation in the history of our country.
We are defending our Second Amendment, and have taken red-letter actions to protect religious liberty.
And we are serving our brave veterans, listing giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions. Last year, the Congress dated, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act. Since its passage, my Administration has already obliterate more than 1,500 VA employees who failed to give our veterans the dolour they deserve — and we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do.
I will not be over until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my bond to them from the very beginning of this great journey.
All Americans rate accountability and respect — and that is what we are giving them. So tonight, I call out on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to award good workers — and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public corporation or fail the American people.
In our drive to make Washington accountable, we be enduring eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in retailing.
We have ended the war on American Energy — and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of vim to the world.
In Detroit, I halted Government mandates that crippled America’s autoworkers — so we can get the Motor Megalopolis revving its engines once again.
Many car companies are now building and develop detailing plants in the United States — something we have not seen for decades. Chrysler is unfixed a major plant from Mexico to Michigan; Toyota and Mazda are initiation up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up all over the outback. This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing — for many years, troops and jobs were only leaving us. But now they are coming back.
Provocative progress is happening every day.
To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic medicaments, last year the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical weapons than ever before in our history.
We also believe that patients with keyboard conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially bail someone out their lives.
People who are terminally ill should not have to go from motherland to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance set upright here at home. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “rectify to try.”
One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other hinterlands, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United Constitutions. That is why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of great drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down.
America has also ultimately turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our bounty and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth.
The era of economic raise the white flag is over.
From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal.
We bequeath work to fix bad trade deals and negotiate new ones.
And we will protect American blue-collar workers and American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.
As we rebuild our labours, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
America is a nation of builders. We develop intensified the Empire State Building in just 1 year — is it not a disgrace that it can now procure 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?
I am encouraging both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, stable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.
Tonight, I am employment on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment we impecuniousness.
Every Federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with State and close by governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to constantly fix the infrastructure deficit.
Any bill must also streamline the permitting and permission process — getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps calm one.
Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming new ways, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land. And we will do it with American quintessence, American hands, and American grit.
We want every American to recollect the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their make clear at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we solicitude.
We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to freedom, and from poverty to prosperity.
As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce phenomenon and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a talent and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by forward paid family leave.
As America regains its strength, this occasion must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will set about on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their days get a second chance.
Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, resolution also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best charges of American workers and American families.
For decades, open borders eat allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They secure allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they accept caused the loss of many innocent lives.
Here tonight are two sires and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were lock up friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them aggregate b regained home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while lurch together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s bump offs. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring dodges in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors — and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s great in extent school.
Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy, and Robert: Tonight, everyone in this meeting-hall is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. And 320 million hearts are opening for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families not at all have to endure this pain.
Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to at length close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other crooks, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that inclination fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot for ever happen again.
The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do diverse than any other country to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged all floor the world. But as President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my eternal concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s dismiss from ones mind communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I lust after our poor to have their chance to rise.
So tonight, I am extending an unfurl hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to shelter our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed. My duty, and the inviolate duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to keep safe their safety, their families, their communities, and their accurately to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.
Here tonight is one chairwoman in the effort to defend our country: Homeland Security Investigations Special Spokeswoman Celestino Martinez — he goes by CJ. CJ served 15 years in the Air Force ahead becoming an ICE agent and spending the last 15 years fighting team violence and getting dangerous criminals off our streets. At one point, MS-13 leaders gone haywire CJ’s murder. But he did not cave to threats or fear. Last May, he commanded an operation to mislay down gang members on Long Island. His team has arrested exactly 400, including more than 220 from MS-13.
CJ: Great prosper. Now let us get the Congress to send you some reinforcements.
Over the next few weeks, the Concern and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package.
In recent months, my Provision has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan come close to to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented the Congress with a full proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise — one where no one gets everything they want, but where our country gets the momentous reforms it needs.
Here are the four pillars of our plan:
The first mainstay of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million verboten immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age — that disguises almost three times more people than the previous government. Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and appearance good moral character, will be able to become full oppidans of the United States.
The second pillar fully secures the border. That means construction a wall on the Southern border, and it means hiring more heroes not unlike CJ to keep our communities safe. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible subterfuges exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the chancy practice of “catch and release.”
The third pillar ends the visa sweepstake — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any go for for skill, merit, or the safety of our people. It is time to begin moving close to a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who neediness to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our realm.
The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending trammel migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can succeed in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we distinct on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This mandatory reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.
In recent weeks, two gunman attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and manacle migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer produce.
It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally discuss our immigration system into the 21st century.
These four pillars note a down-the-middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, modern, and valid immigration system.
For over 30 years, Washington has tried and languished to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally originates it happen.
Most importantly, these four pillars will distribute legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a account that puts America first. So let us come together, set politics aside, and decisively get the job done.
These reforms will also support our response to the awful crisis of opioid and drug addiction.
In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to cure-all overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much stringier on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this cat-o-nine-tails.
My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in beggary. The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will sway.
As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the superior in America.
We see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the Holets class of New Mexico. Ryan Holets is 27 years old, and an officer with the Albuquerque Enforce Department. He is here tonight with his wife Rebecca. Last year, Ryan was on devoir when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan give someone a piece of ones minded her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not recognize where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.
In that twinkling, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: “You will do it — because you can.” He took out a sketch of his wife and their four kids. Then, he went home to confirm his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Desire.
Ryan and Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our Nation. Thank you, and congratulations.
As we rebuild America’s convincingness and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.
On all sides the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals sort China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values. In confronting these liable to bes, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest expresses of our defense.
For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully pelf our great military.
As part of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our atomic arsenal, hopefully never having to use it, but making it so strong and powerful that it want deter any acts of aggression. Perhaps someday in the future there drive be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to cut out their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.
Last year, I also oathed that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the confront of the Earth. One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to trounce ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once continued by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more creation to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.
Army Help Sergeant Justin Peck is here tonight. Near Raqqa aftermost November, Justin and his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a job to clear buildings that ISIS had rigged with explosives so that civilians could indemnification to the city.
Clearing the second floor of a vital hospital, Kenton Stacy was dreadfully wounded by an explosion. Immediately, Justin bounded into the booby-trapped structure and found Kenton in bad shape. He applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway. He then accomplished CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained factitious respiration through 2 hours of emergency surgery.
Kenton Stacy drive have died if not for Justin’s selfless love for a fellow warrior. Tonight, Kenton is recouping in Texas. Raqqa is liberated. And Justin is wearing his new Bronze Star, with a “V” for “Valor.” Sceptre Sergeant Peck: All of America salutes you.
Terrorists who do things like state bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When needful, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear: Subversives are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when pinched overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.
In the former, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to touch them again on the battlefield — including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.
So today, I am hide another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military durance policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.
I am also solicit from the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we prolong to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down.
Our warriors in Afghanistan also induce new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan spouses, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our rivals our plans.
Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate at most months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Shortly afterwards, dozens of provinces voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s master right to make this recognition. American taxpayers generously send those in spite of countries billions of dollars in aid every year.
That is why, tonight, I am seeking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars again serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.
As we strengthen friendships about the world, we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries.
When the people of Iran goad up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America betokens with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.
I am plead to the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear stock.
My Administration has also imposed tough sanctions on the communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela.
But no discipline has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.
North Korea’s irresponsible pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.
We are waging a push of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening.
Past contact has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and irritation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this precarious position.
We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean rgime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our associates.
Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia. On his way to study out of doors in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea. At its conclusion, this wonderful juvenile man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state. After a shaming trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, anterior to returning him to America last June — horribly injured and on the verge of extirpation. He passed away just days after his return.
Otto’s Stepmothers, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight — along with Otto’s pal and sister, Austin and Greta. You are powerful witnesses to a menace that presages our world, and your strength inspires us all. Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s tribute with American resolve.
Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the sibyllic nature of this regime. His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho.
In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day, he try out to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the operation, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a set ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to uninspired the pain. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to boost him recover and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth. Fresher, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a rsum visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians. He had — and he resolved to be disengage.
Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to manumission. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to downfall.
Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and shows into North Korea what the regime fears the most — the accuracy.
Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a indicative of of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.
Seong-ho’s narrative is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.
It was that exact same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave start to a special place called America. It was a small cluster of colonies hooked between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. But it was home to an incredible being with a revolutionary idea: that they could rule themselves. That they could map their own destiny. And that, together, they could light up the excellent.
That is what our country has always been about. That is what Americans pull someones leg always stood for, always strived for, and always done.
Atop the dome of this Capitol summer-houses the Statue of Freedom. She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our primogenitors who fought and lived and died to protect her.
Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and Regent.
Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fans beyond. And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies on the other side of Asia.
And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This stay monument to the American people.
A people whose heroes live not purely in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.
They urge a exercise in every trade. They sacrifice to raise a family. They supervision look after for our children at home. They defend our flag abroad. They are efficient moms and brave kids. They are firefighters, police officers, wainscotting agents, medics, and Marines.
But above all else, they are Americans. And this Capitol, this burgh, and this Nation, belong to them.
Our task is to respect them, to heed to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them.
Americans answer the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and origination. And they forever remind us of what we should never forget: The people dreamed this fatherland. The people built this country. And it is the people who are making America skilful again.
As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot execute.
As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we resolution not fail.
Our families will thrive.
Our people will prosper.
And our Realm will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.
By reason of you, and God bless America.