President Donald Trump delivered his first official State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Read the full prepared remarks below:
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, along with my fellow Americans:
Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at This kind of podium, in This kind of majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — along with to address their concerns, their hopes, along with their dreams. in which night, our completely new Administration had already taken swift action. A completely new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land.
Each day since, we have gone forward which has a clear vision along which has a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans.
Over the last year, we have made incredible progress along with achieved extraordinary success. We have faced challenges we expected, along with others we could never have imagined. We have shared within the heights of victory along with the pains of hardship. We endured floods along with fires along with storms. however through the item all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, along with the steel in America’s spine.
Each test has forged completely new American heroes to remind us who we are, along with show us what we can be.
We saw the volunteers of the “Cajun Navy,” racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people within the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.
We saw strangers shielding strangers by a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip.
We heard tales of Americans like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is actually here tonight within 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 along with rain, Ashlee braved live power lines along with deep water, to help save more than 40 lives. Thank you, Ashlee.
We heard about Americans like firefighter David Dahlberg. He is actually here with us too. David faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 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, along with everywhere else — we are with you, we love you, along with we will pull through together.
Some trials over the past year touched This kind of chamber very personally. With us tonight is actually one of the toughest people ever to serve in This kind of House — a guy who took a bullet, almost died, along with was back to work three along which has a half months later: the legend by Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise.
We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police, along with the doctors, nurses, along with paramedics who saved his life, along with the lives of many others in This kind of room.
within the aftermath of in which terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, however as representatives of the people. however the item is actually not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, along with to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.
Over the last year, the globe has seen what we always knew: in which no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is actually a mountain, we climb the item. If there is actually a frontier, we cross the item. If there is actually a challenge, we tame the item. If there is actually an opportunity, we seize the item.
So let us begin tonight by recognizing in which the state of our Union is actually strong because our people are strong.
along with together, we are building a safe, strong, along with proud America.
Since the election, we have created 2.4 million completely new jobs, including 0,000 completely new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.
Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, along with Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.
modest business confidence is actually at an all-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. in which is actually great news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, along with college savings accounts.
along with just as I promised the American people by This kind of podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts along with reforms in American history.
Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class along with modest businesses.
To lower tax rates for hardworking Americans, we nearly doubled the standard deduction for everyone. currently, the first $24,000 earned by a married couple is actually completely tax-free. We also doubled the child tax credit.
A typical family of four generating $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000 — slashing their tax bill in half.
This kind of April will be the last time you ever file under the old broken system — along with millions of Americans will have more take-home pay starting next month.
We eliminated an especially cruel tax in which fell mostly on Americans generating 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 actually currently gone.
We slashed the business tax rate by 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent, so American companies can compete along with win against anyone within the globe. These adjustments alone are estimated to enhance average family income by more than $4,000.
modest businesses have also received a massive tax cut, along with can currently deduct 20 percent of their business income.
Here tonight are Steve Staub along with Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing — a modest business in Ohio. They have just finished the best year in their 20-year history. Because of tax reform, they are handing out raises, hiring one more 14 people, along with expanding into the building next door.
One of Staub’s employees, Corey Adams, is actually also with us tonight. Corey is actually an all-American worker. He supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, along with was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder. Like many hardworking Americans, Corey plans to invest his tax‑cut raise into his completely new home along with his two daughters’ education. Please join me in congratulating Corey.
Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses — many of them thousands of dollars per worker. Apple has just announced the item plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, along with hire another 20,000 workers.
This kind of is actually our completely new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.
So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come by, This kind of is actually your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, along with together, we can achieve anything.
Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, along with what kind of Nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, along with one American family.
We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, along with the same great American flag.
Together, we are rediscovering the American way.
In America, we know in which faith along with family, not government along with bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is actually “in God we trust.”
along with we celebrate our police, our military, along with our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total along with unwavering support.
Here tonight is actually Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy by Redding, California, who noticed in which veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided to change in which, along with started off a movement in which has currently placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston: a job well done.
Young patriots like Preston teach all of us about our civic duty as Americans. Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, along with why we proudly stand for the national anthem.
Americans love their country. along with they deserve a Government in which shows them the same love along with loyalty in return.
For the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens along with their Government.
Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great completely new Supreme Court Justice, along with more circuit court judges than any completely new administration within the history of our country.
We are defending our Second Amendment, along with have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.
along with we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions. Last year, the Congress passed, along with 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 — along with we are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do.
I will not stop until our veterans are properly taken care of, which has been my promise to them by the very beginning of This kind of great journey.
All Americans deserve accountability along with respect — along with in which is actually what we are giving them. So tonight, I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward not bad workers — along with to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.
In our drive to make Washington accountable, we have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history.
We have ended the war on American Energy — along with we have ended the war on clean coal. We are currently an exporter of energy to the globe.
In Detroit, I halted Government mandates in which crippled America’s autoworkers — so we can get the Motor City revving its engines Again.
Many car companies are currently building along with expanding plants within the United States — something we have not seen for decades. Chrysler is actually moving a major plant by Mexico to Michigan; Toyota along with Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up all over the country. This kind of is actually all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing — for many years, companies along with jobs were only leaving us. however currently they are coming back.
Exciting progress is actually happening every day.
To speed access to breakthrough cures along with affordable generic drugs, last year the FDA approved more completely new along with generic drugs along with medical devices than ever before in our history.
We also believe in which patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments in which could potentially save their lives.
People who are terminally ill should not have to go by country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home. the item is actually time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “right to try.”
One of my greatest priorities is actually to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. In many different countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay within the United States. in which is actually why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down.
America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals in which sacrificed our prosperity along with shipped away our companies, our jobs, along with our Nation’s wealth.
The era of economic surrender is actually over.
by currently on, we expect trading relationships to be fair along with to be reciprocal.
We will work to fix bad trade deals along with negotiate completely new ones.
along with we will protect American workers along with American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.
As we rebuild our industries, the item is actually also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
America is actually a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year — is actually the item not a disgrace in which the item can currently take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?
I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, along with modern infrastructure our economy needs along with our people deserve.
Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill in which generates at least $1.5 trillion for the completely new infrastructure investment we need.
Every Federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with State along with local governments along with, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment — to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.
Any bill must also streamline the permitting along with approval process — getting the item down to no more than two years, along with perhaps even one.
Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming completely new roads, bridges, highways, railways, along with waterways across our land. along with we will do the item with American heart, American hands, along with American grit.
We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. along with we want every citizen to be proud of This kind of land in which we love.
We can lift our citizens by welfare to work, by dependence to independence, along with by poverty to prosperity.
As tax cuts create completely new jobs, let us invest in workforce development along with job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft along with realize their full potential. along with let us support working families by supporting paid family leave.
As America regains its strength, This kind of opportunity must be extended to all citizens. in which is actually why This kind of year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.
Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies in which focus on the best interests of American workers along with American families.
For decades, open borders have allowed drugs along with gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs along with wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.
Here tonight are two fathers along with two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, along with Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas along with Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. however in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla along with Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors — along with wound up in Kayla along with Nisa’s high school.
Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy, along with Robert: Tonight, everyone in This kind of chamber is actually praying for you. Everyone in America is actually grieving for you. along with 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, however we can make sure in which different families never have to endure This kind of pain.
Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes in which have allowed MS-13, along with different criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed completely new legislation in which will fix our immigration laws, along with support our ICE along with Border Patrol Agents, to ensure This kind of cannot ever happen again.
The United States is actually a compassionate nation. We are proud in which we do more than any different country to help the needy, the struggling, along with the underprivileged all over the globe. however as President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, along with my constant concern is actually for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, along with America’s forgotten communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise.
So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats along with Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, coloration, religion, along with creed. My duty, along with the sacred duty of every elected official in This kind of chamber, is actually to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, along with their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.
Here tonight is actually one leader within the effort to defend our country: Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez — he goes by CJ. CJ served 15 years within the Air Force before becoming an ICE agent along with spending the last 15 years fighting gang violence along with getting dangerous criminals off our streets. At one point, MS-13 leaders ordered CJ’s murder. however he did not cave to threats or fear. Last May, he commanded an operation to track down gang members on Long Island. His team has arrested nearly 400, including more than 220 by MS-13.
CJ: Great work. currently let us get the Congress to send you some reinforcements.
Over the next few weeks, the House along with Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package.
In recent months, my Administration has met extensively with both Democrats along with Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented the Congress which has a detailed proposal in which should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise — one where nobody gets everything they want, however where our country gets the critical reforms the item needs.
Here are the four pillars of our plan:
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 — in which covers almost three times more people than the previous administration. Under our plan, those who meet education along with work requirements, along with show not bad moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.
The second pillar fully secures the border. in which means building a wall on the Southern border, along with the item means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe. Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals along with terrorists to enter our country — along with the item finally ends the dangerous practice of “catch along with Discharge.”
The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program in which randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people. the item is actually time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one in which admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, along with who will love along with respect our country.
The fourth along with final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, an individual immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses along with minor children. This kind of vital reform is actually necessary, not just for our economy, however for our security, along with our future.
In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in completely new York were made possible by the visa lottery along with chain migration. within the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.
the item is actually time to reform these outdated immigration rules, along with finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.
These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise, along with one in which will create a safe, modern, along with lawful immigration system.
For over 30 years, Washington has tried along with failed to solve This kind of problem. This kind of Congress can be the one in which finally makes the item happen.
Most importantly, these four pillars will produce legislation in which fulfills my ironclad pledge to only sign a bill in which puts America first. So let us come together, set politics aside, along with finally get the job done.
These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid along with drug addiction.
In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers along with pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping This kind of scourge.
My Administration is actually committed to fighting the drug epidemic along with helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long along with difficult — however, as Americans always do, we will prevail.
As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America.
We see a vivid expression of This kind of truth within the story of the Holets family of completely new Mexico. Ryan Holets is actually 27 years old, along with an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is actually here tonight with his wife Rebecca. Last 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, however badly wanted a safe home for her baby.
In in which moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: “You will do the item — because you can.” He took out a picture of his wife along with their four kids. Then, he went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their completely new daughter wish.
Ryan along with Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our Nation. Thank you, along with congratulations.
As we rebuild America’s strength along with confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength along with standing abroad.
Around the globe, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, along with rivals like China along with Russia in which challenge our interests, our economy, along with our values. In confronting these dangers, we know in which weakness is actually the surest path to conflict, along with unmatched power is actually the surest means of our defense.
because of This kind of reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester along with fully fund our great military.
As part of our defense, we must modernize along with rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully never having to use the item, however generating the item so strong along with powerful in which the item will deter any acts of aggression. Perhaps someday within the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the globe will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.
Last year, I also pledged in which we would certainly work with our allies to extinguish ISIS by the face of the Earth. One year later, I am proud to report in which the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq along with Syria. however there is actually much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is actually defeated.
Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck is actually here tonight. Near Raqqa last November, Justin along with his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a mission to clear buildings in which ISIS had rigged with explosives to ensure civilians could return to the city.
Clearing the second floor of a vital hospital, Kenton Stacy was severely wounded by an explosion. Immediately, Justin bounded into the booby-trapped building along with found Kenton in bad shape. He applied pressure to the wound along with inserted a tube to reopen an airway. He then performed CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport along with maintained artificial respiration through 2 hours of emergency surgery.
Kenton Stacy would certainly have died if not for Justin’s selfless love for a fellow warrior. Tonight, Kenton is actually recovering in Texas. Raqqa is actually liberated. along with Justin is actually wearing his completely new Bronze Star, which has a “V” for “Valor.” Staff Sergeant Peck: All of America salutes you.
Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When necessary, we must be able to detain along with question them. however we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. along with when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are.
within the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield — including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.
So today, I am keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy along with to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.
I am also asking the Congress to ensure in which, within the fight against ISIS along with al-Qa’ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down.
Our warriors in Afghanistan also have completely new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is actually no longer undermined by artificial timelines, along with we no longer tell our enemies our plans.
Last 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 within the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make This kind of recognition. American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year.
in which is actually why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, along with only go to America’s friends.
As we strengthen friendships around the globe, we are also restoring clarity about 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 within the terrible Iran nuclear deal.
My Administration has also imposed tough sanctions on the communist along with socialist dictatorships in Cuba along with Venezuela.
however 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 in which by happening.
Past experience has taught us in which complacency along with concessions only invite aggression along with provocation. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations in which got us into This kind of dangerous position.
We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat the item could pose to America along with 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 kind of wonderful young man was arrested along with charged with crimes against the state. After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June — horribly injured along with on the verge of death. He passed away just days after his return.
Otto’s Parents, Fred along with Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight — along with Otto’s brother along with sister, Austin along with Greta. You are powerful witnesses to a menace in which threatens our world, along with your strength inspires us all. 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 kind of regime. His name is actually Mr. Ji Seong-ho.
In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day, he tried to steal coal by a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. within the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted by hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain. His brother along with sister gave what little food they had to help him recover along with ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth. Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning by a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians. He had — along with he resolved to be free.
Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China along with Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, along with was tortured to death.
Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues different defectors, along with broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most — the truth.
Today he features a completely new leg, however Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is actually an inspiration to us all.
Seong-ho’s story is actually a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.
the item was in which same yearning for freedom in which nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America. the item was a modest cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean along which has a vast wilderness. however the item was home to an incredible people which has a revolutionary idea: in which they could rule themselves. in which they could chart their own destiny. along with in which, together, they could light up the globe.
in which is actually what our country has always been about. in which is actually what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, along with always done.
Atop the dome of This kind of Capitol stands the Statue of Freedom. She stands tall along with dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought along with lived along with died to protect her.
Monuments to Washington along with Jefferson — to Lincoln along with King.
Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown along with Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, along with the fields beyond. along with others, who went down within the waters of the Pacific along with the skies over Asia.
along with freedom stands tall over one more monument: This kind of one. This kind of Capitol. This kind of living monument to the American people.
A people whose heroes live not only within the past, however all around us — defending wish, pride, along with the American way.
They work in every trade. They sacrifice to raise a family. They care for our children at home. They defend our flag abroad. They are strong moms along with brave kids. They are firefighters, police officers, border agents, medics, along with Marines.
however above all else, they are Americans. along with This kind of Capitol, This kind of city, along with This kind of Nation, belong to them.
Our task is actually to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, along with to always be worthy of them.
Americans fill the globe with art along with music. They push the bounds of science along with discovery. along with they forever remind us of what we should never forget: The people dreamed This kind of country. The people built This kind of country. along with the item is actually the people who are generating America great again.
As long as we are proud of who we are, along with what we are fighting for, there is actually nothing we cannot achieve.
As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, along with trust in our God, we will not fail.
Our families will thrive.
Our people will prosper.
along with our Nation will forever be safe along with strong along with proud along with mighty along with free.
Thank you, along with God bless America.