We Can Achieve Absolutely Anything: US President Donald Trump At State Of The Union Address

| January 31 , 2018 , 10:04 IST

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday made his very first formal State of the Union Address (SOTA), a traditional annual speech given by the US President to a joint session of the Congress where he gives an update on the state of the nation.

The president's speech is given in the presence of members of both the House and the Senate, the justices of the Supreme Court, members of the president’s cabinet and the diplomatic corps and is broadcast live for the public as well. In Trump's speech, he reiterated America's position internationally as well as his catch-phrase, to 'Make America Great Again'.

"A new tide of optimism already sweeping our land, each day since we have gone forward with a clear and righteous vision to make America great again for all Americans," said US President Donald Trump.

"I call upon all of us to set aside our differences to seek common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people, this is really the key, these are the people we are elected to serve," said Trump.

"There has never been a better time to start living the American dream. No matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard then you can dream anything, be anything and together we can achieve absolutely anything," he said.

"It is time to move towards a merit-based immigration system, one that admits people who are skilled, who can contribute to our society, who can love and respect our country," Trump said.

"As we rebuild America's strength and confidence at home we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad. Around the world we face rogue regimes, terror groups and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, economy and values," said the US President.

"Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are," he added.

President Trump also mentioned North Korea, with which the US had been exchanging threats.

"No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally and more brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea. Its reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening," Trump said.

"Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement.  Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans," US President Donald Trump said.