On Thursday, President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union address to outline his vision for the country.
The president laid out his priorities, including his plan to cut the budget by at least half.
But he didn’t outline any specific proposals, or explain how he intends to achieve that goal.
Trump, for his part, said he wanted to create “a new era of prosperity, opportunity and growth.”
But the real estate mogul, who has repeatedly claimed that “globalism is the new globalism,” has failed to lay out a plan for addressing what he calls “our existential crisis.”
Instead, Trump has used his State of The Union address as a way to paint himself as a candidate of change.
He’s touted his new executive order for cutting corporate taxes and pledged to make America “the most open, competitive, secure and innovative economy on earth.”
He’s also promised to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency and roll back regulations on businesses.
While Trump’s speeches have often focused on his tax cuts, his vision of the future doesn’t exactly include a lot of tax cuts.
His proposal for tax reform would leave the top marginal tax rate on high-income earners at 35 percent, while eliminating the estate tax and other deductions.
His proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which Trump calls “the greatest infrastructure plan ever,” doesn’t include a detailed plan to finance new infrastructure or expand existing infrastructure.
And his plan for “America First” foreign policy, which he describes as a “return to American greatness,” hasn’t included much specifics about how he plans to address Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, North America or other nations.
But Trump has tried to paint his plan as a clear-eyed vision for what he’s seeking to accomplish.
“This country is on the wrong track,” Trump said during his State Of The Union speech.
“It is a country that has been driven out of the World Trade Organization, out of NATO, out the Paris Agreement, out all of the treaties that have to do with global security, which is our top priority, which we will never, ever, ever stop negotiating with.”
The president said he would “be sending our troops back to Afghanistan, to Iraq, to Syria,” but didn’t say what the exact mission would be or what kind of troops would be sent.
“We will have a tremendous military that we’re not going to send out,” Trump promised.
“That’s what we’re going to be doing.”
Trump promised that the U.S. would “rebuild our military from the ground up” to help in the fight against terrorism.
But the military has struggled to keep up with the rapid expansion of the global threat.
Trump’s administration has struggled for years to fill dozens of key positions at the Pentagon and the State Department, with many of the new positions filled by candidates from the private sector.
While the White House has touted hiring nearly 1,500 new employees in the past year, the Pentagon has struggled with funding cuts and a slow recovery from the recession.
“The president said this is a time for leadership, for unity, and for unity in the United States of America,” Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters in a statement after the speech.
The speech was a chance to take a cue from the president’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who served as the president-elect’s chief strategist during the campaign.
Bannon helped Trump win the White Senate race in Alabama in November.
But after that victory, Trump had to contend with the fallout of the “Access Hollywood” tape in which he boasted about sexually assaulting women.
The tape led to the resignation of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, and prompted the resignations of several Trump administration officials including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
Trump had also faced criticism from Democrats and progressive groups for his handling of the opioid crisis, which has taken a heavy toll on the lives of millions of Americans.
During his State Address, Trump used the address to praise his new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be confirmed this week.
Sessions, a former Alabama senator and Trump’s former top adviser, will be the third Trump appointee to serve as attorney general.
Sessions has been in the Trump administration for less than a year and has not been confirmed for a position in the White Office of Legal Counsel.
But Sessions has shown a willingness to defend the president and his agenda against criticism, including when he criticized Trump’s comments on the “Apprentice” show in February, in which the president bragged about sexually attacking women.
“I did try to grab her by the pussy,” Trump told “Apprentices.”
“I moved on her like a bitch.
And when you’re a star, they let you do it.
You can do anything.
Grab ’em by the p—-.
You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them.
It’s like a magnet.
When you’re in my office and I’m alone with my daughter