President Trump's State of the Union Address

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A wide angle photo of the interior of the U.S. House Chamber during the State of the Union Address, in the center President Trump stands behind a podium, behind him sits the Vice President and Speaker of the House, behind them is a large American flag.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

President Trump's State of the Union Address

On January 30, 2018, President Donald J. Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. In his remarks, President Trump outlined the record-setting accomplishments of his first year and cast an inspiring vision for building a safe, strong, and proud America.

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

During the speech, President Trump addressed several foreign policy objectives, from the campaign to defeat ISIS to North Korea and Iran. 

"As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad," President Trump said. 

Below are some additional highlights.

On the campaign to defeat ISIS:

"Last year I pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the earth. One year later, I’m proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated."

- President Trump

On North Korea:

"North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening. Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation.  I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position."

- President Trump

On Iran:

"When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent.  America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom."

- President Trump

On foreign assistance:

"Tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends."

- President Trump

On the pursuit of freedom:

"It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America.  It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness.  But it was home to an incredible people with a revolutionary idea:  that they could rule themselves.  That they could chart their own destiny.  And that, together, they could light up the world.

That is what our country has always been about.  That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for, and always done."

- President Trump

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