(Washington Times) Seeking to jump-start his legislative agenda, President Trump stood before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night and demanded that lawmakers work with him to crack down on illegal immigration, increase economic growth and rebuild the U.S. military — sticking to the campaign promises that resonated with blue-collar Americans and put him in the White House.
Mr. Trump, who prides himself on being a masterful negotiator and salesman, labored to sell his vision to a deeply divided nation, bitterly split Congress and news media that he considers among of his most fervent adversaries.
He said that the country was witnessing “the renewal of the American spirit,” and he beckoned his opponents in Congress to partake.
“The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts,” Mr. Trump said in the prime-time address.
“The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls. And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action. From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations — not burdened by our fears,” the president said.
Mr. Trump repeatedly made appeals for unity and for partisans to put aside long-standing disputes to work toward a common goal of bettering the lives of Americans. He insisted that both sides of the aisle should support his “America First” agenda.