Vocabulary from President Trump's First Address to Congress

President Trump delivered his first speech to Congress on February 28, 2017. President Trump outlined wide-ranging goals which emphasized bringing jobs back to America, strengthening the nation's infrastructure and military, and establishing a new healthcare system. Here are fifteen vocabulary words from President Trump's address to Congress. The speech was followed by a response from the Democrats, with fifteen of those words here.
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  1. burdensome
    not easily borne or endured; causing hardship
    But our slow and burdensome approval process at the Food and Drug Administration keeps too many advances, like the one that saved Megan's life, from reaching those in need.
  2. deregulation
    the act of freeing from rules
    We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job‑crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.
  3. dismantle
    take apart into its constituent pieces
    I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.
  4. elude
    escape, either physically or mentally
    If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.
  5. fascism
    a political theory advocating an authoritarian government
    We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism.
  6. flexibility
    the quality of being adaptable or variable
    Thirdly, we should give our great state governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.
  7. humanitarian
    marked by devotion to popular welfare
    The only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long process of rebuilding.
  8. immigrant
    a person who comes to a country in order to settle there
    Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits: it will save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families –- including immigrant families –- enter the middle class.
  9. implode
    burst inward
    So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.
  10. infrastructure
    basic facilities needed for the functioning of a country
    And we've spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.
  11. lobbyist
    someone who is employed to persuade how legislators vote
    We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials –- and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.
  12. mandate
    make obligatory
    We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job‑crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.
  13. reaffirm
    assert once again
    I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel.
  14. regulation
    an authoritative rule
    We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job‑crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.
  15. vet
    examine carefully
    It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.

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