Posted: 3:09 pm Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
A day after a scorching attack on the news media and Republicans in the Senate, President Trump used a speech to an American Legion convention to call for unity in America, arguing there is “no division too deep for us to heal,” as the President signed into law the latest bipartisan bill from Congress to reform work at the VA.
“We are not defined by the color of our skin, the figure on our paycheck, or the party of our politics,” Mr. Trump said in Reno, Nevada.
Unlike his raucous campaign rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, the President struck a much calmer demeanor and stuck to his script, repeatedly urging Americans to come together on a variety of issues.
“We are one people, with one home, and one great flag,” Mr. Trump said.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 23, 2017
The President made no mention of the controversy over his remarks after recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which he devoted extensive time to address at his Tuesday rally in Arizona; the closest he came was a mention that seemingly referred to questions about Confederate monuments.
“You teach young Americans to have pride in our history, so they will have confidence in our future,” Mr. Trump said. “History and culture are so important.”
After his remarks, the President signed the latest bipartisan bill from Congress into law that seeks to make new reforms at the Veterans Affairs Department – this bill changes the appeals process for vets, to make sure they aren’t left waiting on benefits decisions for months on end.
Mr. Trump said it’s all part of his effort to make sure the VA treats veterans with respect.
“We’ll look at them and say, ‘You’re fired,’” Pres. Trump says of VA employees who don’t do their jobs appropriately https://t.co/JIPfT6JLvE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 23, 2017
With the major pieces of his legislative agenda going nowhere – health care, tax reform, and infrastructure – a series of bipartisan bills to reform operations at the VA have become one of the President’s biggest success stories in the Congress.
Veterans have faced unacceptable delays in benefits claims appeals. My reforms, just signed into law, will help: https://t.co/Wwky7UTsYa
— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) August 23, 2017
“I promised you that I would make it my priority to fix the broken VA,” the President reminded the American Legion.
“To fulfill our patriotic duties, we must take care of our great veterans,” Mr. Trump added.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.