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President Donald Trump took center stage on Tuesday evening to deliver his first State of The Union Address. The President primarily focused on the administration’s, and the country’s, victories in 2017 and overview of what he hopes to accomplish in 2018.

But in case you missed it, here is a brief highlight reel from last night:

Tax reform

One of the President’s top three achievements since taking office is cutting taxes for hard-working Americans, and last night proved it. After mentioning a significant pay raise for citizens across the country, most of Congress gave the President a standing ovation. He went on to say, “Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class, and small businesses, to lower tax rates for hard-working Americans.” A true accolade for 45.

Judiciary confirmations

Other then confirming Neil Gorsuch to the vacated seat in the Supreme Court, President Trump has had quite the luck with appointing new judges. The President has now appointed 23 judges – 12 appellate court, 10 District Court and 1 Supreme Court.

During his campaign, Trump promised to appoint judges to interpret the Constitution as written. He has delivered tenfold.

Drug epidemic

The President time and time again has addressed the opioid epidemic that is sweeping across our nation. “We have to do something about it,” stated Trump, “we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses. 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour.” These statistics were sobering as they echoed through the Senate chamber.

The President continued with a sentiment of hope stating, “ my Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need… The struggle will be long and it will be difficult, but as Americans always do, in the end, we will succeed. We will prevail.”

Recognizing special guests

Among the sea of elected officials sat a few incredible men and women. The parents of Otto Warmbrier sat in the audience teary eyed when the President said their sons name. Their son was charged with crimes and brutally beaten in North Korea before returning stateside on the brink of death.

He recognized Otto as a “wonderful young man” and his parents as “incredible people” and “powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world.”

The President also recognized another victim to the dangerous North Korean regime, Mr. Ji Seong-ho. Seong-ho attempted to barter for food when he was run over by a train and had to have his limbs amputated before he was tortured by the regime.

Seong-ho traveled thousands and thousands of miles to freedom on crutches with most of  his family. Unfortunately, his father did not make it and was tortured to death.  The President then stated, “your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all,” as Seong-ho lifted his crutches into the air. There was not a dry eye in the room.

The President left his testament to Seong-ho with a reminder that America was founded on a yearning for freedom. Even stating, “That [freedom] is what our country has always been about. That is what Americans have always stood for, always strived for and always done.”

Overall, the President more than delivered on his first State of the Union address. In fact, a CBS News poll came out this morning stating that 97% of Republicans, 43% of Democrats and 72% of Independents approved of the speech.

He left the people with this, “as long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens and trust in our God, we will never fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper, and our nation will forever be safe and strong, and proud, and mighty and free.”

Calli N
CONTRIBUTOR