Donald Trump condemns Kansas shooting, but doesn't apologise to victim's family
Condemning Kansas shooting, Trump said, "we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms."
At a crucial time when President of United States is consumed by distractions and self-inflicted wounds, including the bungled rollout of a sweeping immigration and refugee executive order that was blocked by the courts, Donald Trump addressed his first joint congress session on Tuesday. He emphasised on the greatness of America, assured America is against "hate and evil" while claiming he represents America, not the world.
In his address, where he was welcomed amidst claps, Trump mentioned his plans regarding border security, tackling ISIS and issued a broad call for creating new jobs, overhauling the nation's healthcare system and significantly boosting military spending. He emphasised, "All the nations of the world -- friend or foe -- will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free. "
Clarifying his stand on Kansas shooting, where an Indian man was killed and another injured, Trump said, "Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers 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."
He continued, "Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice - in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart."
Talking about jobs, Trump said, "We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines -- thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs -- and I've issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel. We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership."
Re-emphasising on immigration control, Trump said, "At the same time, my Administration has answered the pleas of the American people for immigration enforcement and border security. By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone. " He also said soon the work for the wall along Mexico would begin.
He further talked about ISIS and said, "We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honour of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.
Talking about the American economy, Trumps said, "I am not going to let America and its great companies and workers, be taken advantage of anymore." Emphasising on "Buy American and Hire American", Trump further said, "To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States -- financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs. This effort will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and Hire American."
Criticising Obamacare, Trump said, "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." He called for everyone to "work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster."
Addressing foreign policy issues, Trump said, "Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies across the globe."
Concluding his address, Trump said, "From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears –- inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past –- and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts. I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit. "