President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJudd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs Week ahead: US raises pressure on WikiLeaks Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced MORE used a portion of his weekly address to defend his executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States, even as a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order Friday stopping the order.
“I will never forget that my responsibility is to keep you—the American people—safe and free,” Trump said in the address.
“The executive order establishes a process to develop new vetting and mechanisms to ensure those coming into America love and support our people. That they have good intentions,” he continued.
Trump used the address, which touched on several topics, to show that, “On every single front, we are working to deliver for American workers and American families.”
“Job growth far surpassed expectations in January, and the labor force participation also grew, so you can be encouraged about the progress of our economy,” he said.
Friday’s jobs report was the first of Trump’s young administration and also noted the unemployment rate had reached 4.8 percent.
January’s findings showed that the labor market is maintaining its long expansion after former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump will ramp up action on executive orders this week: reports French election: Le Pen, Macron will face off Congress must delay ObamaCare's health insurance tax immediately MORE’s departure at the end of January, which
was the 76th consecutive month of job growth.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to bring jobs back to the U.S. and accelerate the nation’s economic growth.
He also used his second weekly address to the nation to tout this week’s executive order thinning federal regulations as key factor in upcoming economic growth.
“This order requires that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must – and I mean must – be eliminated. It’s out of control,” he said.
Trump used the top of his address to urge Congress to confirm Neil Gorsuch, whom he nominated on Tuesday to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
The president additionally praised William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL killed while raiding an al Qaeda facility in Yemen a week ago.
“God has truly blessed this nation to have given us such a brave and selfless patriot as Ryan,” he said of the 36-year old. “We will never forget him.”
Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to meet the body of the fallen Navy SEAL as it returned home this week.