President Trump called for an overhaul of ObamaCare, $1 trillion in infrastructure spending and a crackdown on illegal immigration as part of a sweeping address to Congress Tuesday that laid out his vision for the next four years.
“The time for small thinking is over,” he said in the Capitol Hill speech. “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.”
Trump emphasized his effort to rework ObamaCare with a new plan he hoped would “expand choice, increase access, lower costs and, at the same time, provide better health care.”
“I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding ObamaCare disaster,” said Trump.
In other highlights:
Trump condemned bias and anti-Semitism, including vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats at Jewish community centers, as well as the murder of an Indian engineer by a white gunman Kansas.
Trump repeated his vow to fix the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure with a $1 trillion program financed by public and private capital.
He said he had already started to “drain the swamp of government corruption” — a remark that had Republicans cheering, but Democrats laughing out loud.
The president touted his tough stance on illegal immigration, saying work on the southern border wall would begin soon.
He said he ordered the Defense Department to devise a plan to destroy ISIS and “radical Islamic terrorism” to “extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.” He also pushed his plan to hike military spending by $54 billion.
Trump said slashing regulations and tax cuts for business and the middle class would jump- start the economy.
The president said the feds would slow and ultimately stop the flow of illegal drugs into the US — and offer improved treatment for people suffering with addiction.
He made a push for school choice, saying it would offer more students, particularly those from inner cities plagued by poor public schools, a quality education.
He highlighted his reversal of the Obama administration’s veto of the Keystone Pipeline and resumption of work on the Dakota Access pipeline.
Trump took credit for the stock market rising, saying it had gained about $3 trillion in value since the election. And he said he would save billions by negotiating better deals on military and other contracts.
And he even talked about American astronauts exploring other planets. “American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream,” he said.
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