This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.
Immigration, tax reform, national security, infrastructure and trade were the focus of President Donald Trump's more than 80-minute State of the Union address in Washington DC on Tuesday. A four-pillar immigration plan, the decision for Guantanamo Bay prison to remain open and references to the North Korean "menace" attracted plenty of attention in media coverage of the speech. The big announcements were accompanied by familiar mentions of making America "great again", and a series of economic and employment numbers to evidence a successful first year in office.
"My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too," Trump said.
Giving the Democratic response to the president's address, Rep. Joe Kennedy III (the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy) delivered a broad rebuke of Trump's policies, but attempted to strike a hopeful tone.
"Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defence of their future," he said.
You can read the full text of President Trump's State of the Union speech here.