President Donald Trump gave his most sweeping speech to date on Wednesday, outlining a vision for a new American century and promising a “new beginning” for a country torn apart by a long and violent history.
Trump spoke at the White House in what he called a “peaceful” address, in which he said he was grateful to be “so fortunate to have a country that I love and to be the president who you love”.
“I am the first president in modern history to address the nation at the inauguration,” Trump said.
“And it’s been a very, very peaceful transition.
We have not seen a single protester anywhere in this country.
It would be foolish for me to leave it to you to deal with those problems. “
But we do have a lot of protests.
And it is a problem that will be fixed. “
We have a problem, a massive problem, in our country.
And it is a problem that will be fixed.
And we will solve it together.”
He promised to “make America great again” and promised to make America great “again” and “again and again”.
“There is no greater honor, no greater responsibility, than to take on the challenges that face this great country and to lead this great nation back to greatness,” Trump declared.
“As I have said many times before, the world is watching.
It is up to us to lead.”
In his speech, Trump promised to build a “great wall” and a “big, beautiful wall” along the US-Mexico border, to stop the flood of people and drugs entering the US, and to enforce immigration laws.
“When we secure our borders, we will be safer, we can make America safe again, and we can restore the rule of law,” he said.
The US president’s address is the last one before he leaves office, and it comes at a time when a string of controversial decisions are being made in the wake of his election victory, including a decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, which many people see as an affront to global efforts to fight climate change.
But Trump’s speech did not come without some controversy.
Trump repeatedly claimed he had not seen the Paris agreement because he did not want to “have to deal” with it, despite the fact that the agreement was agreed to under the Obama administration and has been ratified by the US Congress.
Trump also claimed he was the only candidate in history to win a second term by campaigning on a platform of mass deportation and a wall along the border with Mexico.
He also made a series of inflammatory comments about Muslims, accusing them of committing terrorist attacks and repeatedly referring to them as a “problem”.
The US embassy in Mexico City also issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing Trump’s remarks.
“President Trump’s comments are offensive and insulting to all Mexicans, Latinos, Muslims and all Americans,” the embassy said.
It urged Mexicans to “reject any and all efforts to divide, isolate, or demonise Mexicans”.
“The United States has been a friend to Mexico, a leader in the fight against drug trafficking, and a partner in the region, and President Trump’s statements do not help to build the peace and security we need in the world,” the statement added.
“His remarks do not reflect the values of Mexico and will not serve the people of Mexico.”
The Trump administration is still investigating the claims made in his speech.
On Wednesday, Trump also said that he was not worried about the economy, despite reports that the US economy was expected to be in recession.
“I’m not worried,” Trump told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting in Virginia.
“It’s just a really tough year, it’s a tough year.
I’m going down to get my tax returns. “
You know, I’m not going down there to get the economic figures.
I’m going down to get my tax returns.
And I’m gonna be very, extremely proud of the job that I’ve done.”
“I do believe that we’re going to be fine,” Trump added.
The White House also said the economy was strong despite Trump’s controversial speech.
“There was a lot that the president said that we should have been thinking about a while ago,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
“The economy is doing well.
It grew by a lot.”
The White Senate is expected to hold a vote on Wednesday on whether to hold the president’s executive order on refugees and immigration.
The order temporarily blocks the entry of refugees and others from seven Muslim-majority countries, but allows for those from Syria and six other countries who have ties to terrorist groups to be admitted.
Trump had initially asked Congress to override the order, but he lost the White Senate race to Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who is up for reelection next year.
Trump has said he will sign the order.
“He was able to do that because of the overwhelming opposition from the Republican majority in the Senate,” Sanders said.
Trump said he wanted to take “all of