4 takeaways from Donald Trump's address to Congress


President Donald Trump and White House speech writers are putting the final touches on tonight's address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American people.

Mr Robinson said President Trump might also encounter resistance to his infrastructure package from Congress.

Ahead of the address, the White House offered a glimpse of his upcoming Budget, which would seek to boost defence spending by US$54 billion (S$75.8 billion) - an increase of about 10 per cent.

Sen. Roger Wicker, Republican from MS, told C-SPAN in Statuary Hall that the speech was better than Trump's inaugural and his convention speech.

Officials said on Monday that the defence hike would be financed partly by cuts to the State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defence programmes.

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U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor: "I'm eager to work with President Trump to advance conservative policy". This contradicted what Trump promised voters, but it hardly came as a surprise: as we discussed last week, throughout 2016, it was widely assumed that a Trump administration, if it existed, would defer to Congress on much of the legislative heavy lifting.

"We must act decisively to protect all Americans", Trump said.

"I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation's security, and to restore respect for our laws", he said.

Trump urged Americans to support the police and the victims of violent crime, two groups he said had been neglected under previous presidents.

President Donald Trump gives his address before the joint session of Congress.

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The 16-term lawmaker's remarks quickly drew a rebuke from Trump, who tweeted that Lewis was "all talk, talk, talk - no action" and that he "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in terrible shape and falling apart".

Trump's speech will be televised live across the United States and in some other nations. "Now a third of USA counties are down to one insurer, and the insurers are fleeing".

That may seem a surprising approach for a president who has dubbed journalists the "enemy of the people", lashed out at criticism and court rulings via Twitter and lambasted members of Congress for taking time to question his Cabinet nominees. Trump plans to discuss health care in his address to Congress tomorrow night, and the ACA has also been a key topic in his discussions with governors, who are now in Washington for the their national association's winter meeting.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi plans to invite a young immigrant who could be hurt by Trump's plans to take on illegal immigration. Elizabeth Warren will also bring an Iraqi refugee as her guest.

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