Trump Repeats Campaign Vows in Speech to Congress

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., listen. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pledging to vigorously target people living in the U.S. illegally who “threaten our communities” and prey on “innocent citizens.”

But also in his address to Congress last night, Trump said he believes that “real and positive immigration reform is possible,” and he called on Republicans and Democrats to “work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.”

Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is accusing President Donald Trump of planning to “rip affordable health insurance” from Americans and being “Wall Street’s champion.”

In the Democratic response to Trump’s speech to Congress, Beshear also accused Trump for “ignoring serious threats to our national security from Russia, who’s not our friend, while alienating our allies.”

President Trump’s plan to impose sharp cuts to foreign aid and domestic programs is running into opposition on Capitol Hill — and that’s just from his Republican allies.

Trump’s proposal to slash the foreign aid budget by more than one-third, for example, came in for criticism from the Senate’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump’s draft budget plan would add $54 billion to the Pentagon’s projected budget, financed by taking an equal amount from the domestic side of the ledger.

McConnell was just one of several top Republicans opposing a huge cut to the State Department’s diplomatic corps and the foreign aid budget.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio delivered an impassioned defense of foreign aid in a speech on the Senate floor.

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