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President Trump calls for 'merit-based' immigration system, stresses efforts to jumpstart economy in first address to Congress

Trump: Need a merit-based immigration system
Trump: Need a merit-based immigration system

President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday for the first time as questions swirl around how quickly he can enact his broad agenda.

Trump stressed his efforts so far to achieve his agenda and bring jobs and investment back to the U.S., including measures to cut back on regulation and withdrawing from the TPP.

He recapped his efforts to develop a blueprint for corporate tax reform to increase America's competitiveness while also providing tax relief for the middle class.

The president called on Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with "reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare."

Trump also addressed the safety of Americans, pledging to take a hardline stance against 'radical Islamic terrorism.' He mentioned recent anti-Semitic activity, including threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries.

Trump faces a tough task in quickly repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming the American tax code, among other tasks. Differences likely linger among top White House officials and within the Republican-controlled Congress on how exactly that agenda will look.

CNBC's full coverage of Trump's speech:
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