A few days after President Donald Trump’s swearing-in, the United States has another milestone: its first-ever state of the union address.
Trump is expected to make his first major speech since taking office in January, and he’ll address a joint session of Congress to announce his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.
“The world is in a unique position, a unique time, to create an enduring legacy of action,” Trump said in his inaugural address, adding that the United Kingdom would join the US in withdrawing from the accord.
But his speech was a mixed bag.
On one hand, Trump spoke about the country’s “courageous” decision to leave the Paris agreement, which he said had made the world a safer place.
On the other, he said the US “has to take bold action now” to make America “the great nation again.”
The two-day address was packed with speeches from Trump’s top advisers and Cabinet members.
But Trump’s speech was also a reminder that he still has to fill the vast majority of the cabinet and other government positions, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, that have been vacant since the previous administration.
And in the White House press briefing room, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the President “will continue to consult with our military leadership and our national security team to ensure we’re able to put our national interests first and protect our people.”
That means keeping with the president’s promise to spend “billions and billions of dollars” on rebuilding America’s military and infrastructure.
“It’s not over,” Sanders said.
“We still have work to do.”
The rest of the world is watching closely Trump’s second-term foreign policy.
The United Kingdom has not left the European Union, but a decision by the British government to leave was a significant step forward, as it signaled that the UK was ready to begin negotiations with Trump’s new administration on a free trade agreement.
Germany, the country that was the first to break from the EU, has also been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration’s foreign policy in the last few months.
Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel was the only member of the European Commission to vote against Trump’s immigration order, and the EU’s foreign ministers met in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the impact of Trump’s policies on its future relationship with the United State.
The EU, which has the largest economy in the world, is trying to forge a more cooperative relationship with China, a country that has been a strong supporter of Trump.
And the European Council will meet on Tuesday in Malta to discuss an agenda of possible trade deals, including those with the European Economic Area.
The European Union is also working on a climate agreement with the US, a deal that was supposed to be done by June, but was pushed back to September.
In fact, the Trump Administration has not released a plan for climate action since its inauguration.
But the Trump presidency will not be complete without a number of major policy achievements for the European nations, including its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the United Nations is calling the world’s biggest trade deal.
“This is a new beginning for Europe,” said Sebastian Pippa, a German diplomat who served as a member of Merkel’s cabinet.
“A big part of the reason for that is the decision by [US Trade Representative] Michael Froman to withdraw from the TPP, because we think the agreement is a terrible deal for the United Sates.”
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been negotiated and approved by 27 EU countries.
But it was pulled in June because the European Parliament voted to hold a two-week debate on the deal, which was aimed at pushing it through parliament faster.
But after the European Court of Justice ruled that the deal violated EU laws and that it would harm national sovereignty, the deal was put on hold and the European parliament approved the trade deal on September 14.
“Our main task is to keep the EU going,” said Pippan.
“But we’re not in a position to stop a free movement of people or an economic agreement.
So this will be a big milestone for Europe.
We will see what happens after that.”
Trump’s first major foreign policy initiative in office was to declare a national emergency.
This was done after several terror attacks by the Islamic State in the United Arab Emirates.
After his first speech in the Oval Office, Trump signed a proclamation declaring the emergency.
The proclamation, which Trump said he was “very proud of,” said he would use the powers of his office to help the United states protect the country against terrorist attacks.
The US is also expected to begin implementing new restrictions on migration and trade in an attempt to stop people from traveling to and from the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, as well as the Muslim world.
In the meantime, Trump is likely to continue his push for trade protectionism.
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