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Trump: 'Hour of justice for the American worker'

Thomas Fitzgerald

Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:58 AM

President Trump speaks at the Republican congressional retreat at the Loews Hotel on Thursday.

President Trump told a conference of Republican members of Congress in Philadelphia that “the hour of justice for the American worker has arrived,” with a wall on the Mexican border, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, and renegotiated trade deals that will bring back U.S. jobs.

Protesters Veronica Anderson (left) and Nicole Cowan (right), both of Philadelphia, chant at 13th and Market streets as President Trump visits Philadelphia on January 26, 2017. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Councilwoman Helen Gym (center) joins the protest near 13th and Market streets as President Trump visits Philadelphia on Thursday. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia police at 12th and Sansom streets Thursday. Luis Ferré Sadurní / Staff
President Trump arrives at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday for the GOP retreat. ED HILLE / Staff Photographer
A sea of demonstrators march around the south side of Philadelphia City Hall toward the Loews Hotel. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
Protesters gather during a rally at Thomas Paine Plaza as President Trump visits Philadelphia on January 26, 2017. David Maialetti / Staff Photographer
A supporter of President Trump, who wouldn't give his name, stands on Market Street near City Hall before Trump visits Philadelphia on Thursday. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
President Trump gestures at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday. Matt Rourke / AP
Demonstrators assembled on Paine Plaza across from City Hall to listen to speakers before marching to the Loews Hotel. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
Demonstrators chant slogans on Paine Plaza before marching to the Loews Hotel. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
Demonstrators hold signs on Paine Plaza across from City Hall before marching to the Loews Hotel on Thursday. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
A Trump supporter tries to bait protesters as they gather at 13th and Market streets as President Trump visits Philadelphia on January 26, 2017. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Demonstrators hold signs on Paine Plaza across from City Hall before marching to the Loews Hotel. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
Demonstrators gather in front of the Municipal Services Building before President Trump's visit Thursday to speak to the congressional GOP members. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
President Trump speaks at the GOP retreat at the Loews Hotel on Thursday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
Trump supporter Mason Cassel, of Quakertown, Pa., yells "I love Trump" as protesters gather at 13th and Market streets during the visit by President Trump in Philadelphia on January 26, 2017. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Demonstrators are blocked from marching east on Market Street at 13th Street on Thursday. Clem Murray / Staff Photographer
A Trump supporter, who would not give his name, watches as protesters gather at 13th and Market streets as President Trump visits Philadelphia on January 26, 2017. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Photo Gallery: Images: President Trump and protesters in Philly

“We’re here now because tens of millions of Americans have placed their hopes in us, to transfer power from Washington, D.C., and give it back to the people,” Trump said, speaking to representatives and senators at their annual strategy retreat at the Loews hotel.

“Now we have to deliver,” Trump said. “Enough ‘all talk, no action.’ This is our chance to achieve lasting change for our beloved nation.”

He said that this session of Congress would be the “busiest” in years, and perhaps in history, working on repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and an overhaul of the tax code to lower corporate taxes and levies on the middle class.

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Trump began by savoring his electoral victory in Pennsylvania; he was the first GOP nominee to carry the state since 1988. "They said Pennsylvania cannot be won. There is no path to victory in Pennsylvania for Trump. It was a great evening," the president said.

It was Trump’s first trip outside Washington since he was inaugurated last Friday. Before the president arrived in Philadelphia, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that he was canceling a planned visit with Trump.

“We will look for a date to schedule something in the future,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to the city. “We will keep the lines of communication open.”

Speaking to the lawmakers, Trump said that he and Peña Nieto had “agreed” to cancel their meeting, which was to have been next week, because it would have been “fruitless.”

Trump spoke for 25 minutes. He did not answer questions from lawmakers off-camera, though Spicer told reporters that had been the plan.

Thomas Fitzgerald

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