Thu Mar 2, 2017 8:20AM

US President Donald J. Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington DC, on 28 February 2017. (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald J. Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington DC, on 28 February 2017. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump has delivered his first speech to Congress, addressing a range of controversial issues including national security, health reforms, increased defense spending, and immigration. Press TV has conducted an interview with Richard Becker, ANSWER Coalition, as well as James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, to share their opinions on Trump’s speech.  

Becker believes Trump has an “extreme agenda” which is anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, misogynistic, racist, and anti-environment, adding that it is not only to the detriment of the Americans but also people of the world. 

However, he said, the mainstream media are trying to normalize the “highly dangerous program” that Trump is putting forward by describing his first address to Congress as “optimistic.”

He also noted the fact that Trump sounded a little bit more normal than usual does not detract from the true character of the agenda he is advancing.  

The analyst further stated the Democratic Party is more concerned about the movement of people in the streets and the country’s stability rather than fighting Trump’s agenda.

He went on to say that the idea that these protesters are professionals who have been paid is “absolutely ridiculous” and it is part of the line adopted by Trump and his chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who is a “white supremacist” and a “promoter of the extreme right wing.”

Becker further opined that increasing the Pentagon budget by 54 billion dollars is highly dangerous to the world and to the people of the United States. 

The analyst further maintained that the huge and growing inequality in the United States is due to the “super rich, the corporations, the banks, the military contractors, and the oil companies” not the undocumented workers.

However, he said, Trump is trying to distract people from reality and his strategy is to whip up people against immigrant workers.

Becker concluded by saying that Trump’s agenda is promoting “racism” particularly against Muslims and Mexicans, asserting that he is trying to create hatred toward people which is “highly reminiscent of what the Nazis did in the 1930s.”

Meanwhile, James Jatras, the other panelist on the program, said Trump’s speech was “programmatic” and it was about the policies that he wants to carry on.

He also opined that Trump basically stuck with the themes he had promoted during the campaign, which are putting America first and focusing on the economy and raising the wages of the Americans.

The analyst further criticized the plan to pump more money into the military but added that this may be a way to reassure the American public that the United States is going to remain strong.