Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump addresses joint session of congress for the very first time after his uneven first month in the office. Trump said he condemned last week's shooting of an Indian in Kansas he added enforcing immigration rules is the only way to keep the country safe. "We condemn hate in all its ugly forms, the threats targeting Jewish centres and the Kansas shooting".
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani, another Indian of the same age, was injured in the shooting by navy veteran Adam Purinton, who yelled "terrorist" and "get out of my country" before opening fire on them. A 24-year old American named Ian Grillot who tried to defend the Indians also received injuries in the firing that took place last Wednesday. Purinton, 51, apparently mistook the Indians for immigrants from the Middle East.
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The US President reiterated his "America First" slogan from his Presidential campaign and said that "America must put its own citizens first, because only then can we truly make America great again."
The US President also said he will continue to tighten immigration rules.
"We are going to move away from lower-skilled immigration and adopt a merit-based system. By finally enforcing immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars and make our communities safer," Trump said.
Trump also vowed to destroy ISIS but struck a minor conciliatory note when he said the US will seek the help of its Muslim allies in doing so.
"We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism. ISIS kills Muslims,Christians, people from all faiths.We vow to destroy it with help of our allies including in Muslim world," he said.
The US President again vowed to build his contentious wall on the US-Mexican border. He called it a "great, great wall."
"We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border,"he said.
The majority of Trump 's address centered on the domestic, economic-focused issues that were at the center of his presidential campaign. His national security message centered largely on a call for significantly boosting military spending and taking strong but unspecified measures to protect the nation from ``radical Islamic terrorism,''.