Donald Trump's Congress speech one of 'unity and strength'

In his first speech to Congress, US President Donald Trump said he was aiming to deliver a message of "unity and strength... deeply from my heart".

But his speech failed to unify even those in the room, with a number of Democrats seen to remain seated throughout his speech and openly laughing at points, while Republicans leapt to their feet often, enthusiastically applauding and cheering.

"We will look back on this night as when this new chapter of American freedom began," Mr Trump said.

Immigration and crime remain key talking points

Mr Trump leaned heavily on immigration, continuing a trend set in his campaign speeches, reiterating his aim to "make America great again" and again promising the construction of a wall on Mexico's border.

"We've defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross - and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate," he said.

"Bad ones are going out as I speak tonight and as I have promised."

He said construction of his "great, great wall" along Mexico's border would begin "ahead of schedule" but did not specify when, nor did he address how the US$20 million wall would be paid for.

Mr Trump also announced the creation of an office addressing "victims of immigration crime engagement".

"We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests," he said.

Military, veterans to get funding boost

Attending the speech was the widow of US Navy SEAL William 'Ryan' Owens.

"Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation," Mr Trump said.

He quoted General James Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, as saying the soldier was part of a "highly successful raid" in Yemen - a raid which has drawn criticism as being rushed, botched and has seen Owens' father Bill demand an investigation into his son's death.

Mr Trump declared a budget increase for military and veterans, which he says will be "one of the largest increases in national defence spending in American history".

"Our veterans have delivered for this nation - and now we must deliver for them."

Calls for better education and breaking 'cycle of violence'

Mr Trump called for a bill funding school choice for disadvantaged children, particularly naming African-American and Latino children.

"Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, to attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job."

He called on "bridges of co-operation and trust" with law enforcement, after several years of police violence sparked tensions throughout the nation.

"Police and sheriffs are members of our community. They are friends and neighbours, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters - and they leave behind loved ones every day who worry whether or not they'll come home safe and sound."

Obamacare an 'imploding disaster'

Mr Trump slammed the Affordable Healthcare Act - commonly known as Obamacare - as an "imploding disaster", reiterating his aim to repeal and replace the act.

"Obamacare is collapsing and we must act decisively to protect all Americans," he said.

For the first time Mr Trump explained his goals for a "better healthcare system".

He listed aims to help those with pre-existing conditions, bring down the high cost of drugs, allow citizens to buy insurance across state lines, helping citizens purchase their own coverage and protecting patients and doctors from "unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance".

"Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope."

Continued promises for job boosts

"We have cleared the way for the construction of the Dakota and Keystone access pipelines, thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs," Mr Trump said to cheers.

Both proposed pipelines have been controversial, facing mass protests and environmental concerns.

Mr Trump vowed he would bring back "millions of jobs" and work on changing tax laws to better benefit the country's businesses.

He also reiterated his want for not just "free trade, but it also has to be fair trade".

'Believe, once more, in America'

At the end of the hour-long speech, Mr Trump said the time for "trivial fights" had passed.

"From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears; inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past; and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts," he said.

"And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and believe in yourselves, believe in your future and believe, once more, in America."