Trump: The United States is once again ready to act as a leader

2017-03-02 「 3519 words / 7 minute 」
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唐纳德?特朗普(Donald Trump)向美国的盟友表示,美国“再次准备充当领导者”。这一向美国国会发表的经过精心准备的讲话,再次使用了其就职典礼中的“美国优先”(America First)主题,不过,该主题被包装在了较温和的措辞中。
Donald Trump told allies that America was “once again ready to lead” in a polished address to Congress that resurrected the “America First” themes of his inauguration, but wrapped them in more conciliatory language.
“What we are witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead,” Mr Trump told a joint session of Congress as he emphasised American unity and strength to both “friend and foe”.
In stark contrast to the campaign rhetoric that sparked serious concern among allies in Europe and Asia, Mr Trump offered support for Nato, which has underpinned transatlantic security since the end of the second world war, and other US alliances. But he added that “our partners must meet their financial obligations”.
The speech seemed designed to show that Mr Trump was capable of putting forward his vision in a more positive manner, and to create momentum after a rocky start to his term.
Mr Trump tried to reach across the political aisle and to his critics across the US by saying that he wanted to “deliver a message of unity and strength?.?.?.?from my heart”. He called on Americans to unite around a goal of restoring economic vitality and making the country safer.
The speech was light on foreign policy — with no mention of Russia or China — but he stressed the protectionist economic themes that domination his presidential campaign. He told Congress he would “not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future” as he stressed that his administration would use tax and regulatory reforms to fix the economy.
“For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries,” he said. “To accomplish our goals at home and abroad, we must restart the engine of the American economy, making it easier for companies to do business in the US, and much, much harder for companies to leave our country.”
Mr Trump said his administration was working to develop “historic tax reform” to help American companies compete with their international competitors and would provide “massive tax relief” for the middle class.
他还提到众议院议长保罗?瑞安(Paul Ryan)推动的一个有争议的边境税方案,表示他希望“为美国企业和工人创造公平的竞技场”。不过,他没有明确表示是否支持该举措。
He made reference to a controversial border tax being pushed by Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, saying he wanted to “create a level playing field for American companies and workers”. But he did not make clear whether he would support the measure.
“Currently, when we ship products out of America, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes, but when foreign companies ship their products into America, we charge them almost nothing,” he said.