Posted by Time on March 10, 2019 07:09:46 A year ago, President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress in a speech delivered in his native Washington, D.C. But on Wednesday night, the president delivered a more expansive speech than he had in recent months.
During his speech, the President also spoke about his agenda and how he intends to address the challenges facing our country, including climate change, gun violence and opioid addiction.
Here are five key takeaways from Trump’s speech: Trump: We need to fight the war on drugs and the opioid epidemic at the same time.
President Trump’s address on Wednesday is not a typical address from a sitting president, but it was delivered to a joint-session of Congress, a body that is tasked with passing a federal budget.
The President spoke about how his administration plans to take on the opioid crisis by cutting spending, reducing spending on Medicaid and other federal programs, and cutting off funding to state and local governments.
While he did not mention any specific drug, Trump alluded to the opioid addiction epidemic, saying that it was a threat to the American people and that “drugs have become a great problem.”
He also said that he wanted to help Americans, but that he could not do it if he did so at the expense of “our country.”
“I can’t do it anymore,” Trump said.
“You know, this country is in the grips of a crime wave, we have more murders than we have people in prison.
And we are spending far more money than we need.
We have to get tough.
We are going to take care of the citizens.
We’re going to do it all in one fell swoop.
And I cannot do it, because I cannot stand by and watch as our families are ripped apart, our schools are closed, our highways are choked, our hospitals are shut down, our airports are shut, our police departments are shuttered and our infrastructure is crumbling.
We cannot afford it.”
Trump’s call for a crackdown on the opiate addiction epidemic in 2017 The opioid epidemic is an epidemic that has ravaged the country.
It has affected every aspect of our lives, from the treatment of drug addicts to the economy, and now it has taken on the form of a war on terror.
In 2017, Trump spoke out against the opioid pandemic and the rise of opioid addiction, saying he could “no longer ignore the threat of a drug epidemic.”
“The drug crisis is a national emergency and the only way to stop it is to end the opioid abuse epidemic,” Trump told the joint session.
“We can stop the heroin crisis and we can stop drug abuse and addiction, and we will do it by ending our illegal immigration policies, by ending the use of private prisons, by stopping the flood of illegal immigration, and by ending what is really a war.”
While Trump did not address the opioid issue directly, he did call for federal action to address it.
“The opioid epidemic has become a national security threat,” Trump declared.
“I am calling on all of you to join me in taking decisive action to stop this terrible crisis.”
He continued: “The federal government is the largest single provider of healthcare in this country.
And it is essential that we protect our healthcare system from the very real threat of the opioid threat.
This war on opioids is a war against our families.
It is a battle against our country.
This nation must not be used as a prop in this war on terrorism.
It must not become a weapon in the fight against the drug problem.
It will not be.
This is a fight between the American citizenry and the drug cartel.
It’s time for a real debate on this issue.”
Trump also called for states to enforce existing laws against marijuana use.
“Drugs like marijuana are a threat and a menace to our country and to our state and city,” Trump stated.
“States are the laboratories of democracy and are the gatekeepers to the free flow of ideas and ideas in America.
It was our duty to send a message to the states that their states should act like laboratories of free and fair competition.”
Trump made it clear that his administration is not ready to address all of the issues that Trump mentioned in his speech.
But his comments about ending the opioid scourge will have some big consequences.
“It is clear that we cannot let the drug epidemic be the issue for this election,” Trump concluded.
“Instead, we must tackle the opioid problem at the root.
That means ending the prohibition of marijuana and ending the drug war.
It means ending our drug policies that are killing Americans and putting Americans in prison, ending our war on the border, ending the death penalty, and ending mass incarceration.
And that means ending federal and state support for marijuana, which has been shown to be far safer than opioids.
This includes ending funding for medical marijuana, ending drug cartels’ funding of gangs, ending taxpayer-funded incarceration and ending federal drug interdiction funding.
It also means ending wasteful, ineffective federal