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>> A new chapter of an American greatness is now beginning.>> Pledging a renewal of the American spirit in an unusually uplifting speech, President Donald Trump on Tuesday laying out his top goals to Congress, but offering few clues as to how he would actually carry them out.>> From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations-
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>> Trump once again insisting America must put its own interests first, but appealing for national unity in a way, critics say, he has failed to do so far.>> Even President Trump admitted in a television interview that he gave himself an A for effort, but a C or a C+ for messaging.
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So he shifted that with his speech. He tried to message in a little bit more clear and less aggressive way.>> America is once again ready to lead.>> Gone were the attacks on familiar targets like Democrats, the news media, and the nation's Intelligence service.>> One of the more striking moments happened at the very beginning of the speech when he condemned antisemitic actions that have been taken against US community centers.
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>> We are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil.>> Trump reeling out a long list of familiar goals, a massive tax cut, cheaper health insurance, more spending on the military and of course, bringing back millions of jobs from overseas.>> Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed.
00:01:28
>> But lawmakers in Trump's own party coming away largely empty-handed, as they look for clear priorities to help them negotiate the painful compromises that inevitably lie ahead. Trump also providing no insight into how he would pay for all of this. Trump did however offer a rough sketch of what he'd like to see replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
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>> We should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage.>> Giving the thumbs up to Republican ideas like tax credits and health savings accounts, Trump said he was open to compromise on immigration reform.>> But I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together.>>
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>> Democrats might have been cheered by the newly uplifting rhetoric, but they saw little that would convince them to cooperate the new President. A different tone, but it's not clear whether that would be enough to change the course of a presidency so far marked by division.