Trump began the speech by touting the accomplishments he's already checked off in office — including withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ordering construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines he argued would create jobs and nominating conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
On national security, the president said he had directed the Pentagon to "develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS," while promising to "work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet." "Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare," the president said.
He announced he had ordered the Department of Homeland Security to created a new office called "VOICE" — Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement — that would provide "a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests." He still stood behind his call for "the construction of a great wall along our southern border" to curb undocumented immigrants, though he omitted a line from his prepared remarks that promised it would start ahead of schedule.
Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values." Some of the president's bullet points were apostasies of traditional GOP orthodoxy.
But Trump silenced any criticism by putting the spotlight solely on the deeply emotional widow.