President Donald Trump’s First State of The Union Address

Brett Weisberg

On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address to the people of the United States. His speech, while long, covered a variety of topics such as the accomplishments of his administration in the past year and hopes for the years to come.

One of the key points of his address was “America First”. For a large portion of the address, Trump emphasized his campaign promise of putting “America First” by discussing the proposed tax cuts under his administration as well as the growing American economy as automobile industries move plants back to the United States creating jobs for thousands of Americans. Another central theme of President Trump’s address was his stance on immigration as his administration dismantled DACA in recent months, which has received a lot of criticism from the opposing Democratic Party. Furthermore, President Trump announced that he plans to keep Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba open. Lastly, perhaps one of the biggest parts of his address on Tuesday were the special guests of First Lady Melania Trump.  Ranging from the families of those killed by the MS-13 gang, to the parents of Otto Warmbier, and to a man who escaped from North Korea, these guests made the address far more dramatic and served as a foundation for several of President Trump’s talking points.

However, one of the central parts of his speech was the extension of an olive branch towards the Democratic party in order to foster unity within the government to build a stronger nation. This segment of Trump’s address did not seem to be accepted by the Democratic Party as they would refuse to stand or applaud any of the accomplishments of Trump’s administration. Although, they did applaud Trump’s proposed infrastructure bill. In addition, upon the conclusion of President Trump’s address, many members of the Democratic Party were quick to exit. Hopefully, there will be some compromise between the two parties in the coming months in order to strengthen the nation as a whole.