Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:43pm

Donald Trump set to make first speech to Congress

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US President Donald Trump is set to address a joint session of Congress for the first time, in a televised speech laying out his agenda for the next year.

Aides said Tuesday’s speech would focus on immigration, economic opportunity and national security.

“All I can do is speak from the heart and say what I want to do,” Trump said during an interview broadcast on Fox Friends.

Since taking office on January 20, Trump has signed at least 23 executive actions and signed five bills into law.

Going forward, he will need support from Congress, dominated by his Republican Party.

“Much of his campaign promises revolve around working with Congress, whether it comes to reforming the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, or even tax reform, job creation, infrastructure,” Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington, DC, said.

“All of that is going to involve the work of Congress. That’s where he has a challenge. There are some already in his own party who are sceptical, Republicans who have cast doubts on his proposed budget cuts, and Democrats are obviously very hostile to what he has put forward so far.”

Critics of the president planned to hold protests outside the White House to coincide with the speech.

The address to Congress is scheduled to begin at 9:10pm EST (02:10 GMT).

Source: Al Jazeera News

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/donald-trump-speech-congress-170228212536759.html

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