President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress. The speech comes as lawmakers are negotiating a deal over border security in an effort to prevent a second government shutdown. The president’s remarks were originally planned for last week, but were postponed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disinvited Trump from giving the address while the government was closed.
Below is the full text of Trump’s speech as delivered.
Thank you very much. Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the first lady of the United States.
And my fellow Americans. We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential. As we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans. Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now gathered in this great chamber hoping that we will govern not as two parties but as one nation.
The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda, it’s the agenda of the American people. Many of us have campaigned on the same core promises: to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers; to rebuild and revitalize our nation’s infrastructure; to reduce the price of health care and prescription drugs; to create an immigration system that is safe, lawful, modern, and secure; and to pursue a foreign policy that puts America’s interest first. There is a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage, together, to seize it.