President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

Feb 28, 2017

President Trump meeting with leaders of Congress from both parties at the White House.
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President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump 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. NPR offers this live transcript of the remarks, and NPR journalists with expertise in politics, immigration, business, law and more offer their analysis and annotations.