Says terrorists are menace for the American nation and these terrorists have to be eliminated
Vows to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (SABAH): United States President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he has asked Congress to pass legislation ensuring that US aid is only delivered to “America’s friends” and always serves its interests. He said that the terrorists are menace for the American nation and these terrorists have to be eliminated. He said more steps are required to defeat the Daesh.
He made the remarks in his first State of the Union speech, delivered in the chamber of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
“Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition. American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year.
“That is why, 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,” he said in the speech.
Trump urged Congress to ensure America continues to retain its power to be able to detain terrorists wherever “we chase them down”.
Terrorists are not merely criminals but are unlawful enemy combatants, he stressed, adding that whenever they are captured, they “should be treated like terrorists”.
Trump also announced to keep Guantanamo Bay open, breaking from his predecessor Barack Obama´s lengthy and ultimately failed efforts to shutter the maligned detention facility.
“I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay,” Trump said.
Trump said in his address that the US military is no longer undermined by “artificial timelines” in Afghanistan.
“Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.”
“I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay,” Trump said, in his address to Congress, in keeping with a campaign promise.
On the campaign trail, Trump had famously vowed he would load Guantanamo with “bad dudes” and said it would be “fine” if US terror suspects were sent there for trial.
During his speech, the president also said that he wanted Congress to pass a law ensuring US foreign aid goes only “to America’s friends” — a reference likely to his frustration at US aid recipients that voted at the UN to rebuke his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve,” he said.
“Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of Nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.”
Looking on, were dozens of Democratic lawmakers, some decked in black to honour the victims of sexual harassment and still others wearing butterfly stickers in support of immigrants ─ two social issues that more than any others have roiled America in the age of Trump.
Also in the audience were members of Trump’s own family including the first lady, Melania, who recently cancelled a joint trip to Davos, Switzerland and has not been seen with her husband in public since reports alleged he paid porn actress Stormy Daniels hush money over an affair, which the White House denies.
Breaking with tradition, the first couple arrived separately to the Capitol, because, according to the first lady’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham, she was accompanying guests.
Seeking to enliven his own base, Trump spoke at length on the need for immigration reform, equating immigrants with criminals and economic tension.
For decades, he lamented, “open borders” had allowed “drugs and gangs to pour into” the United States. He again called for the construction of a border wall that remains unfunded in Congress.
“They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.”
Two couples whose daughters were murdered by MS-13, a Salvadoran gang, were among those joining the First Lady to watch the address.
“The United States is a compassionate nation” he said, “but as president of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities.”