President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress, where he talked about some of the most controversial moves of his administration, and laid out his plan for hope and prosperity for the nation.
The president touched upon America's greatest international threats and challenges, and shared inspirational stories of people acting after hearing God's voice, and fleeing for their lives from brutal regimes.
Here are 10 highlights from Trump's address:
1. MAGA is a "righteous mission"
Trump started his speech by telling Congress his administration has been focused from the very beginning, ever since he first stood at the House chamber almost a year ago, on delivering the promises of his famous MAGA slogan:
"Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans."
"Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined," he added.
"We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America's soul, and the steel in America's spine."
2. American unity and "in God we trust" motto
The president said on a number of occasions that he wants to help unite the country as "one team, one people, and one American family."
"We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag. Together, we are rediscovering the American way," he said.
He pointed to the nation's official motto, adopted in 1956, as a way to look forward toward such unity.
"In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is 'in God we trust.'"
3. Benefits of tax reform
When listing out his accomplishments in his first full year in office, Trump touted his "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" tax reform initiative, which was praised by many congressional Republicans, but criticized by Democrats.
"We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity," he vowed.
"As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave."
4. Tragic consequences of "open borders"
Trump argued that some of the great dangers facing the country are "open borders" and immigration loopholes, which have allowed in foreign criminal gangs, sometimes with deadly consequences.
The president introduced two fathers and two mothers, Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens, who have suffered firsthand due to such flaws.
"Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa's 16th Birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown," Trump described.
"Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa's murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors — and wound up in Kayla and Nisa's high school."
He assured the parents that everyone in the chamber is praying for them, with all of America "grieving for you." He also used the example to highlight why it is important for Congress to fix the nation's immigration laws.
5. Four pillars of immigration reform
Trump explained that Democrats and Republicans have been meeting extensively in recent months to craft an immigration plan where "nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs."
He laid out the "four pillars" behind the plan, starting with a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the country by their parents at a young age, otherwise known as Dreamers.
Next, he said that border security will be essential, meaning building his long-promised wall on the border with Mexico, and closing "the terrible loopholes" allowing criminals into America.
The third pillar, he said, ends the diversity visa lottery program, and seeks to move "towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country."
Trump continued: "The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.
"Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorship to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future."
6. Saving an unborn child
When outlining the importance of fighting the "drug epidemic" in America, the president recounted the inspirational story of 27-year-old officer Ryan Holets of the Albuquerque Police Department, who attended the SOTU with his wife, Rebecca.
"Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby," Trump explained.
"In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: 'You will do it — because you can.' He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then he went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope."
7. Iraq and Syria "almost 100 percent" liberated from ISIS
Moving on to international issues, Trump hailed the success of his plan to eradicate the Islamic State terror group, which has been carrying out a genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
"Last year, I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth. One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria," Trump declared.
"But there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated."
8. Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Trump not only doubled-down on his controversial decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by announcing a plan to move the U.S. embassy there, but said that countries opposed to his move may stop receiving U.S. aid.
"Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America's sovereign right to make this recognition. American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year," he pointed out.
"That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America's friends."
9. Fixing Iran nuclear deal
Trump praised the series of public anti-corruption protests in Iran over the last couple of months, declaring that the U.S. "stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom."
He also addressed what he called the "terrible Iran nuclear deal," referring to the 2015 agreement by former President Barack Obama, along with several other Western countries, which was designed to lift some economic sanctions in exchange for Iran significantly limiting its nuclear program.
Trump, who has long been a critic of the deal, revealed that he has asked Congress to tackle the "fundamental flaws" of the agreement.
10. North Korea, the most "brutal dictatorship" of them all
Trump said that government oppression does not get any worse than North Korea, a country which has been listed for years by persecution watchdogs, such as Open Doors USA, as the worst place in the world for Christians and other minorities.
The president touched upon Kim Jong Un's "reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles," which he admitted "could very soon threaten our homeland," and shared the stories of Americans and other nationals who have suffered horrifically at the hands of Kim's regime.
The first story he mentioned was about Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was charged with crimes against the state while visiting North Korea, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He was returned to America last year on the verge of death, and passed away days after his return, displaying signs of torture.
Another witness he brought up was Ji Seong-ho, who endured starvation with his brothers and sisters while growing up in North Korea, and was tortured by officials after returning from a visit to China, when he was suspected of meeting with Christians.
"Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death," Trump described, adding that today he lives in Seoul.
"Seong-ho's story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom," he said.
The full transcript of Trump's SOTU address can be found here.