President Trump gives mixed messages on immigration

He didn't attack former president Barrack Obama.

While the Democrats remain frozen in a time warp of their own making, Trump's speech was focused on solutions and full of optimism for a change. His biggest task in coming months may be to hold true to that promise and to fully embrace the responsibility that now is his, to represent all Americans. It was, for all practical purposes, a campaign speech, which in and of itself isn't a problem.

Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness", Mr Trump said the USA should "not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future", as he pledged to keep the promises he made to the American people in the election. It is not clear how he will pay for numerous goals he lays out.

"I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1tn investment in the infrastructure of the United States", the president said, adding it will be "financed through both public and private capital" creating millions of jobs.

Guests chosen by the president and his opponents in Congress underscore ideological differences. He invited the families of three people who were murdered - one in 2008 and two in 2014 - to the address and talked in some detail about the tragic cases. Americans want their president to love the country and Trump gave them that. When asked about anti-Semitism in a press conference he became hostile.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is bringing an Iraqi refugee who settled in MA, the state Warren represents, in 2010.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for adopting a merit-based immigration system that could benefit high-tech professionals from countries like India.

Donald Trump is a master of speaking off the cuff, whether he is witty or stumbling he prides himself on communicating with his heart and feeding off the energy of the crowd.

President Trump will also bring widows of law enforcement officers to sit with First Lady Melania Trump during his State of the Union address, further emphasizing his pro-police agenda.

Markets ended the day down slightly Tuesday ahead of Trump's address, and futures markets remained relatively ambivalent throughout his address, up slightly.

Watch this space, as women will likely continue to use fashion as a way to voice their dissent against a Trump administration.

"We're getting gang members out, we're getting drug lords out, we're getting really bad dudes out of this country - and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before", Trump said last week. Only time will tell.

It was Trump's most forceful statement yet condemning anti-semitism.

  • Carolyn Briggs