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Watch and read analysis of President Trump's speech to Congress

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U.S. Capitol.

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress tonight.

His address came a day after he gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

Watch the speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o_WDqG2x_4">hereor below.

And have a transcript of his remarks below with annotations from NPR journalists with expertise in politics, immigration, business, law and more.

Read below:


Democratic Party Response

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered the Democratic response to President Trump’s address.

Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. Read a transcript of Beshear’s remarks below. The transcript also contains analysis from NPR reporters and editors.


Immigration activist Astrid Silva delivered the Democratic Party’s Spanish language response to President Trump’s address.

Silva is a so-called DREAMer. These are immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children. Many were granted work permits under a program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Silva, who came to the country with her parents at age 5, spoke at the Democratic National Convention last summer.

You can find NPR's coverage of Silva's remarks here.

Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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