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President Trump's Address And The Democratic Response

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President Donald Trump speaking during his address to the Joint Session of Congress on Feb. 28.

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Capitol, around 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

The address came 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 a live transcript of the remarks, and NPR journalists with expertise in politics, immigration, business, law and more offer their analysis and annotations.

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Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record on expanding affordable health care.

A transcript of Beshear’s remarks with annotations is available below.

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