US President Donald Trump is expected to promise a tough approach on immigration as he makes his first speech to a joint session of Congress. He began his address talking about Black History month in the United States, as well as well as the recent rise in anti-Semitic vandalism and shootings of minorities and immigrants by American-born white people.
He said he was open to immigration reform, a shift from his harsh campaign rhetoric on illegal immigrants, and invoked a new spirit of hope.
During his presidential campaign, Trump at various points called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization "obsolete" and warned the US might not honor the pledge to defend any member under attack unless other members started paying their fair share of defense costs.
Even the condemnation of the threats against the Jewish community centers was notable because Trump had reacted resentfully when asked at a recent news conference to comment about anti-Semitism (and suggested earlier Tuesday, according to Pennsylvania's attorney general, that threats against Jewish institutions were being made to "make others look bad" - the implication being that they were a false flag operation).
"You're more apt to have risk going forward...what you really want to be cognizant of right now is you have an incredibly idyllic cocktail of things being incredibly placid", said Siomades.
"Adding, obviously, yours truly excepted". There were claps for the president's line about building a "great, great wall" at the Mexican border and for his statement on protecting the nation from "radical Islamic terrorism". Colbert, again, wasn't convinced. And he would call for more spending to rebuild old roadways and airports and reduce taxes. "It's like how the key to not getting hungover is just to never stop drinking".
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Speaking to a bipartisan gathering of U.S. governors on Monday he said: "This budget will be a public safety and national security budget, very much based on those two with plenty of other things, but very strong, and it will include an historic increase in defence spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it". This was, in the opinion of some analysts, the most "Presidential" of his public appearances thus far, and some way removed from the dark and gloomy inaugural address that spoke of "American carnage" - a phrase for the ages. "'Give us your exhausted, your poor, but not so poor they can't afford a two-bedroom apartment and, like, a Mitsubishi'".
Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman? "Invisible terrorists are everywhere".
Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness", Mr Trump said the U.S. should "not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future", as he pledged to keep the promises he made to the American people in the election. But Trump insisted the funding bump is needed for "the resources [our] courageous warriors so richly deserve".
The biggest task ahead is Republicans' drive to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
"That must've been hard on Trump", he said. "People got so excited just hearing Obama's name".
Trump finished his remarks with can-do attitude, telling Congress that "every problem can be solved".