Here's The Full Text Of President Trump's First State Of The Union Address
President Donald Trump is delivering his first State of the Union address to Congress. The White House released his remarks as prepared for delivery.
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:
Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their dreams. That night, our strange Administration had already taken swift action. A strange tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land.
Each day since, we gain gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission — to gain America considerable again for total Americans.
Over the final year, we gain made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. We gain faced challenges we expected, and others we could never gain imagined. We gain shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it total, we gain seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.
Each test has forged strange American heroes to remind us who we are, and prove us what we can be.
We saw the volunteers of the “Cajun Navy,” racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.
We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip.
We heard tales of Americans like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery with Melania. Ashlee was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Through 18 hours of wind and rain, Ashlee braved live power lines and deep water, to abet save more than 40 lives. Thank you, Ashlee.
We heard approximately Americans like firefighter David Dahlberg. He is here with us too. David faced down walls of flame to rescue nearly 60 children trapped at a California summer camp threatened by wildfires.
To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, California, and everywhere else — we are with you, we care for you, and we will pull through together.
Some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally. With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House — a guy who took a bullet, nearly died, and was back to work three and a half months later: the legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise.
We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life, and the lives of many others in this room.
In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to advance together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon total of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.
Over the final year, the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on soil are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. whether there is a mountain, we climb it. whether there is a frontier, we cross it. whether there is a challenge, we tame it. whether there is an opportunity, we seize it.
So let us inaugurate tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.
And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.
Since the election, we gain created 2.4 million strange jobs, including 200,000 strange jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.
Unemployment claims gain hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.
Small commerce, trade confidence is at an total-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. That is considerable news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, and college savings accounts.
And just 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 relief for the middle lesson, course and small businesses.
To lower tax rates for hardworking Americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. Now, the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is totally tax-free. We also doubled the child tax credit.
A typical family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000 — slashing their tax bill in half.
This April will be the final time you ever file under the veteran broken system — and millions of Americans will gain more occupy-domestic pay starting next month.
We eliminated an particularly cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year — forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare — the individual mandate is now gone.
We slashed the commerce, trade tax rate from 35 percent total the way down to 21 percent, so American companies can compete and win against anyone in the world. These changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $4,000.
Small businesses gain also received a massive tax carve, and can now deduct 20 percent of their commerce, trade income.
Here tonight are Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing — a small commerce, trade in Ohio. They gain just finished the best year in their 20-year history. Because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door.
One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is also with us tonight. Corey is an total-American worker. He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder. Like many hardworking Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax‑carve raise into his strange domestic and his two daughters’ education. Please join me in congratulating Corey.
Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers gain already gotten tax carve bonuses — many of them thousands of dollars per worker. Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.
This is our strange American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.
So to every citizen watching at domestic tonight — no matter where you gain been, or where you advance from, this is your time. whether you work tough, whether you believe in yourself, whether you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.
Tonight, I want to talk approximately what kind of future we are going to gain, and what kind of Nation we are going to be. total of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.
We total share the same domestic, the same heart, the same fate, and the same considerable American flag.
Together, we are rediscovering the American way.
In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is “in God we trust.”
And we celebrate our police, our military, and our fabulous veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support.
Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-veteran boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our considerable heroes. Preston: a job well done.
Young patriots like Preston teach total of us approximately our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s reverence for those who gain served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we effect our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.
Americans care for their country. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same care for and loyalty in return.
For the final year we gain sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their Government.
Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the structure as written, including a considerable strange Supreme Court Justice, and more circuit court judges than any strange administration in the history of our country.
We are defending our moment Amendment, and gain taken historic actions to protect devout liberty.
And we are serving our valiant veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions. final year, the Congress passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act. Since its passage, my Administration has already removed more than 1,500 VA employees who failed to give our veterans the care they deserve — and we are hiring talented people who care for our vets as much as we achieve.
I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them from the very beginning of this considerable journey.
total Americans deserve accountability and respect — and that is what we are giving them. So tonight, I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward well-behaved workers — and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.
In our drive to gain Washington accountable, we gain eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.
We gain ended the war on American Energy — and we gain ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.
In Detroit, I halted Government mandates that crippled America’s autoworkers — so we can accept the Motor City revving its engines once again.
Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States — something we gain not seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan; Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up total over the country. This is total news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing — for many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us. But now they are coming back.
Exciting progress is happening every day.
To speed access to breakthrough cures and affordable generic drugs, final year the FDA approved more strange and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our history.
We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should gain access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives.
People who are terminally ill should not gain to sprint from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at domestic. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “right to try.”
One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. That is why I gain directed my Administration to gain fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will advance down.
America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped absent our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth.
The era of economic surrender is over.
From now on, we expect trading relationships to be unbiased and to be reciprocal.
We will work to fix wrong trade deals and negotiate strange ones.
And we will protect American workers and American mental property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.
As we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year — is it not a shame that it can now occupy 10 years just to accept a permit approved for a simple road?
I am asking both parties to advance together to give us the safe, rapidly, dependable, and contemporary infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.
Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the strange infrastructure investment we need.
Every Federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with State and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.
Any bill must also streamline the permitting and approval process — getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.
Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming strange roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land. And we will achieve it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.
We want every American to know the dignity of a tough day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their domestic at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we care for.
We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity.
As tax cuts create strange jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open considerable vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave.
As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to total citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to abet former inmates who gain served their time accept a moment chance.
Struggling communities, particularly immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families.
For decades, open borders gain allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They gain allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they gain caused the loss of many harmless lives.
Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came domestic. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 gain been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors ‑- and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.
Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy, and Robert: Tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can gain certain that other families never gain to endure this pain.
Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that gain allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to fracture into our country. We gain proposed strange legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot ever happen again.
The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we achieve more than any other country to abet the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged total over the world. But as President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my fixed concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve considerable things. I want our poor to gain their chance to rise.
So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed. My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.
Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country: Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez — he goes by CJ. CJ served 15 years in the Air Force before fitting an ICE agent and spending the final 15 years fighting gang violence and getting uncertain criminals off our streets. At one point, MS-13 leaders ordered CJ’s murder. But he did not cave to threats or apprehension. final May, he commanded an operation to track down gang members on Long Island. His team has arrested nearly 400, including more than 220 from MS-13.
CJ: considerable work. Now let us accept the Congress to send you some reinforcements.
Over the next few weeks, the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package.
In recent months, my Administration has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented the Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a unbiased compromise — one where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs.
Here are the four pillars of our scheme:
The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age — that covers nearly three times more people than the preceding administration. Under our scheme, those who meet education and work requirements, and prove well-behaved moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.
The moment pillar fully secures the border. That means building a wall on the Southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to sustain our communities safe. Crucially, our scheme closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the uncertain practice of “catch and release.”
The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people. It is time to inaugurate moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will care for and respect our country.
The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our scheme, we focus on the instant family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is essential, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.
In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in strange York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.
It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.
These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise, and one that will create a safe, contemporary, and lawful immigration system.
For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem. This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen.
Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a bill that puts America first. So let us advance together, set politics aside, and finally accept the job done.
These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction.
In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must accept much tougher on drug dealers and pushers whether we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.
My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping accept treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always achieve, we will prevail.
As we gain seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America.
We see a vivid expression of this truth in the tale of the Holets family of strange Mexico. Ryan Holets is 27 years veteran, and an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is here tonight with his wife Rebecca. final year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe domestic for her baby.
In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: “You will achieve it — because you can.” He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then, he went domestic to expose his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their strange daughter Hope.
Ryan and Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our Nation. Thank you, and congratulations.
As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at domestic, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.
Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values. In confronting these dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to clash, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defense.
For this reason, I am asking the Congress to halt the uncertain defense sequester and fully fund our considerable military.
As section of our defense, we must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to exhaust it, but making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression. Perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will accept together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.
final year, I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the soil. One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated nearly 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.
Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck is here tonight. Near Raqqa final November, Justin and his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a mission to clear buildings that ISIS had rigged with explosives so that civilians could return to the city.
Clearing the moment floor of a vital hospital, Kenton Stacy was severely wounded by an explosion. Immediately, Justin bounded into the booby-trapped building and found Kenton in wrong shape. He applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway. He then performed CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained artificial respiration through 2 hours of emergency surgery.
Kenton Stacy would gain died whether not for Justin’s selfless care for for a fellow warrior. Tonight, Kenton is recovering in Texas. Raqqa is liberated. And Justin is wearing his strange Bronze Star, with a “V” for “Valor.” Staff Sergeant Peck: total of America salutes you.
Terrorists who achieve things like location bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When essential, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are illegal enemy combatants. And when captured abroad, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.
In the past, we gain foolishly released hundreds of uncertain terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield — including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.
So nowadays, I am keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to sustain open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.
I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa’ida, we continue to gain total essential power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down.
Our warriors in Afghanistan also gain strange rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer expose our enemies our plans.
final month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to gain this recognition. American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year.
That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to abet ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only sprint to America’s friends.
As we strengthen friendships around the world, we are also restoring clarity approximately our adversaries.
When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.
I am asking the Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.
My Administration has also imposed tough sanctions on the communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela.
But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.
North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.
We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening.
Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this uncertain position.
We need only scrutinize at the wicked, evil character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our allies.
Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia. On his way to study abroad in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea. At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state. After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of tough labor, before returning him to America final June — horribly injured and on the verge of death. He passed absent just days after his return.
Otto’s Parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight — along with Otto’s brother and sister, Austin and Greta. You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires us total. Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with American resolve.
Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous 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 tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from starvation. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to uninteresting the pain. His brother and sister gave what slight food they had to abet him recover and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth. Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know whether he had met any Christians. He had — and he resolved to be free.
Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death.
nowadays he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most ‑- the truth.
nowadays he has a strange leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still sustain those crutches as a reminder of how far you gain advance. Your considerable sacrifice is an inspiration to us total.
Seong-ho’s tale is a testimony to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.
It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special location called America. It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a considerable ocean and a huge wilderness. But it was domestic to an incredible people with a revolutionary notion: that they could rule themselves. That they could chart their own fate. And that, together, they could light up the world.
That is what our country has always been approximately. That is what Americans gain always stood for, always strived for, and always done.
Atop the dome of this Capitol stands the Statue of Freedom. She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought and lived and died to protect her.
Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King.
Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond. And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia.
And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people.
A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but total around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.
They work in every trade. They sacrifice to raise a family. They care for our children at domestic. They defend our flag abroad. They are strong moms and valiant kids. They are firefighters, police officers, border agents, medics, and Marines.
But above total else, they are Americans. And this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them.
Our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them.
Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it is the people who are making America considerable again.
As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.
As long as we gain confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.
Our families will thrive.
Our people will prosper.
And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.
Thank you, and God bless America.