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Presidential or Empty Promises?

Speech to Congress passes eye test, but will Trump's promises be kept?

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US President Donald J. Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017.

US President Donald J. Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017.

photo courtesy of Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images)

photo courtesy of Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald J. Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017.

Hunter Burns, Staff Writer

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On Feb. 28, President Trump gave a speech to Congress that delivered “a message of unity and strength” and spoke of the changes he wanted to produce in the nation.

In this message to Congress, Trump promised a revival of the middle class, a rebirth of infrastructure, and new resources for our military. The question however is this; will he keep these promises?

These promised are coming from a man who criticized actor Arnold Schwarzenegger on his old television show Celebrity Apprentice because he didn’t like the ratings it was getting.  Despite his previous faults, however, this recent speech has been regarded as his first “truly presidential” movement.

“My job is not to represent the world,” Trump said. “My job is to represent the United States of America.”

This was one of Trump’s ending lines that proved his ability to be presidential when the moment demanded.

Republicans were shown clapping at almost every word Trump spoke, while Democrats sat on their hands and did their best to remain civil. The nation is still divided on this surprising president and critics are doing their best to uproot this newfound support.

Some say that Trump’s speech revised his already “bleak view” on the nation’s problems, but failed to offer any real solutions. The mentions of illegal immigration from the Mexican border, unemployment rates, and crime, has been debunked as all-time lows by people who refuse to accept any change in Trump.

While it’s true that unemployment rates have gone from 8% to 4.9% in just three years and is no longer considered a major problem, Trump is convinced that businesses are failing. He promised that “dying industries will come roaring back to life” and promised jobs to struggling Americans.

Is this even a plausible though? Or is it just another empty promise?

Trump also spoke of rising crime rates and assured the nation that terrorism, drug addiction, and poverty would soon cease to plague the country.

However, crime remains at an almost historical low, according to the FBI’s recent crime report. Not to mention that illegal immigration has become less of a huge wave of people, and more of a trickle.

While Trump’s speech is regarded as his first presidential action that really amounts to something, it’s also brings up the question on whether he plans to actually do anything about these struggles in our nation.

Is this a new turning point for the nation’s most doubted president?

Or are the critics correct in their firm refusal of his ability?

Only Trump’s future actions will decide.

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