Donald Trump wrote all of his Congressional address, says Vice President Mike Pence

'There were many voices, suggestion about what could be in the speech' says Mr Pence. 'But at the end of the day he was literally rewriting the speech in the afternoon'

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Donald Trump wrote his first Presidential speech to Congress entirely by himself, according to his Vice President Mike Pence. 

Although it contained a number of inaccuracies, Mr Trump's tone was notably less aggressive and more conciliatory than recent fiery speeches which have seen him launch sustained attacks on the media

It led to speculation that other members of his administration may have influenced the content of the speech or written it for him. 

But Mr Pence insisted that President Trump’s address was “all him”.

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Asked if he or others had worked to get issues such as access to capital for women into the speech the Vice President told US broadcaster MSNBC’s Morning Joe programme: “This was all him. To know the President’s leadership style – he leads by asking questions. 

“And not just in the process of putting a speech together, but literally in leading an administration, the way he was so successful in business.”

Mr Pence added: “There were many voices, suggestion about what could be in the speech. But at the end of the day he was literally rewriting the speech in the afternoon.”

Highlight the speech's conciliatory tone, Mr Pence said: “I think one of the really great moments from last night was when the President, right at the outset, acknowledged we have great division on policy but there are things that unite us in this country and the way we condemn acts of hatred – referring to the terrible acts of anti-Semitism – it was a wonderful moment of unity. I think it spoke about the heart of this man.”  

Mr Trump condemned recent attacks on Jewish graveyards in the cities of Philadelphia and St Louis in his speech.

He also briefly referenced the shooting of two Indian engineers, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani and bystander Ian Grillot in a Kansas bar for the first time, more than a week after it took place.  

He said it reminded us that the US is a country united against “hate and evil”.

The President did not reference his plans for Muslim and Latino people. 

A travel ban on people from seven predominantly Islamic countries - widely considered to be his promised ‘Muslim ban’ in effect – but has been stayed.

His speech also reaffirmed his commitment to a much vaunted border wall with Mexico, which many have said will be a needless and expensive project. The President maintained it is essential for security.  

However, he did not reference the massive protests which have taken place since he took office.