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Trump condemns racism in Congress speech

dpa logodpa 1/03/2017

US President Donald Trump has begun his first address to Congress by condemning anti-Semitism and racism while declaring a "renewal of the American spirit".

US President Donald Trump has begun his first address to a joint session of Congress by condemning anti-Semitism and racism following a series of attacks in recent weeks.

"Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms," he said on Tuesday night.

He has sought to strike an optimistic tone in remarks to Congress, declaring the "renewal of the American spirit" under his new administration and pointing to the US role on the world stage.

"Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead," Trump said.

"All the nations of the world - friend or foe - will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free."

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