Trump lays out tough agenda in address before Congress

Trump lays out tough agenda in address before Congress

In his first address to Congress, President Trump defended controversial policies pushed by his administration and optimistically outlined a bold agenda highlighted by immigration reform, an expansive infrastructure program and reform of the nation's health care system.

"President Trump also acknowledged our urgent need for paid leave, and I encourage him to support my bill, the FAMILY Act, which would create a national paid leave plan for every American who works". Twenty-five percent say the speech is just OK, while only 7 percent say it is poor and 9 percent say it is bad.

President Trump's sudden realization that the difficulty of providing health care has perplexed presidents and legislators for more than six decades could be taken as proof that he is simply clueless about the job he has taken on. The president told the anchors he was considering including a call for an immigration compromise in his speech.

There is a partisan gap in the percentage of viewers in terms of their party affiliation.

The speech "manifested the optimism that we can think big and solve big problems", said Rokita, who hailed Trump's call for school choice for students across the country, and especially the urban inner cities. Trump had given the order, and Ryan Owens' father had refused to meet with the president.

Deficit hawks in Congress already are signaling disdain for what they see as more of the borrow-and-spend approach that they believe has undermined the country's financial health. By contrast, six in 10 Republicans said the speech made them more confident, Gallup found.

But at least there is the "great, great wall" that Trump promised to start building right away, right? Taking apart a system that has helped insure 22 million people is no mean feat - and one tracking poll taken during Trump's speech showed the Affordable Care Act isn't almost as unpopular with the public as the president and Republicans might like to believe.

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While Trump preached bipartisanship and patriotism, he'll have miles to go to achieve cooperation with Congress and to raise his support levels among the American people.

He said the USA should give out green cards using a merit-based system similar to those of Canada and Australia. Politico has described last night's address as a reset, though it's more like a firehose pouring water on wreckage that is still smoldering. However, for me, what he said in a speech written by others for him to read and what he said, unscripted, earlier is a tale of two completely different leaders.

Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., said that while Trump's tone was different, he remained true to controversial campaign promises like cracking down on illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.

Trump also called for a major change in how America decides which immigrants to admit to the United States. Our nation is still the best country in the world, but we've lost our way.

"We've been through this movie before - you guys just fall for the bait", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Sanders also talked about the issues that he said Trump doesn't want the American people to know, and urged Americans affected by the health care act to "keep showing up, keep calling Congress and continue the fight". A lot, I hope, if they are swayed by anything besides orchestrated theatrics and vague promises.