By The Associated PressThe Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):9:40 p.m.
President Donald J. Trump says the United States is “in the midst of the most incredible” job-creation in modern history and he hopes to lead a new era of prosperity.
In his first major speech since his inauguration, Mr. Trump said the nation’s growth has accelerated since the global financial crisis, a recovery he said was spurred by the economy’s recovery and that was achieved by the “biggest tax cut in history.”
He called for a renewed focus on economic opportunity and said he has ordered a review of the nations trade policies, which have been called out as unfair to American workers.
Mr. Trump also addressed concerns about his handling of the recent Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally, saying he was “so very proud” of the “thousands of people that showed up” to counter the protests.
He said he had instructed Mr. Kelly to hold a special meeting of the White House Civil Rights Task Force to investigate the events.
He also said he will hold a briefing for Congress on the situation.
The president said he wants to “move beyond race and politics” and that he is “not a racist.”
He said there is a “growing and necessary movement” to “unite the country” under his administration, but the country is “very divided.”___Follow AP political writer Julie Pace at https://twitter.com/jpaceDC