Trump to address joint session of US Congress

RSTV Bureau
President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

US President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first speech before a joint session of Congress during which he would unveil a “bold” agenda for the country and talk about the renewal of the American spirit.
Trump, who assumed presidency on January 20, is scheduled to deliver the prime-time speech on Tuesday which would be like a State of the Union Address.

Traditionally, a US president should be in office for a year before they give their first State of the Union address.

In a State of the Union address, the president usually reflects back on the past year and how the nation is doing.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that in his speech “the President will lay out an optimistic vision for the country, crossing traditional lines of party, race, socioeconomic status”.

“The theme will be the renewal of the American spirit,” Spicer said.

“He will invite Americans of all backgrounds to come together in the service of a stronger and brighter future for our nation.

“In addition to laying out the concrete steps the President has already taken to make the American dream possible for all of our people, he will talk about the bold agenda he wants to work with Congress,” he said.

This includes tax and regulatory reform to provide relief to hard-working Americans and their businesses, making the workplace better for working parents, ensuring the families who have suffered under Obamacare’s skyrocketing rates see it replaced with a patient-centred alternative, said Spicer.

He said the President’s agenda is to make sure that every child in America has access to a good education, to rebuild the military and fulfil his commitments to veterans.

“You can expect a speech grounded firmly in solving real problems for every American. How can we make sure that every American who needs a better job get one? How can we get kids who are trapped in failing schools into better ones?”, he said.

“How we can keep gangs and drug violence out of our neighbourhoods and communities. The president will address the Americans who have been waiting for help from their leaders for too long and let them know that help is finally on the way,” said the White House Press Secretary.