On Tuesday Feb. 28, President Donald Trump addressed congress during his first joint session since being elected. The meeting allowed for the president to discuss his current plans going forward on many of his campaign promises and executive orders.
Here are a few quick hits regarding the presidential actions in the past month, as well as key issues touched upon in his address to congress.
Transgender bathroom rights repealed:
The Trump administration as well as the Education department, and the Justice department have removed federal protection from transgender students to use the bathroom of their identity choice.
The repeal of Obamacare:
Trump urged Congress to revoke the healthcare law that mandates a healthcare plan for all Americans and to replace it with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs and, at the same time, provide better Healthcare.
The budget and the military:
Plans to increase military spending by $54 billion intended to benefit public safety and national security to equip the military have been put into motion by Trump.
“I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history,” Trump said in the joint session.
Travel ban the sequel:
Trump is defending and improving his travel ban in appeal level circuit court. However, the new ban will remove Iraq from the list of countries.
“We cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists. That is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe, and to keep out those who would do us harm.”
The Great Wall of America:
As promised early in his campaign, Trump confirms a wall will be built along the southern border with intensified security measures.
In the session he commented, “We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.”
Where is the Dakota Keystone Pipeline?
The President announced in his address to congress on Tuesday the Keystone Pipeline construction will continue, and aims to create thousands of jobs in the process.
“We are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” said Trump.