Democrats sit on their hands during President Trump's address to Congress
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 5:57
President Donald Trump delivered his first major address to a joint session of Congress, calling for major new efforts to fight terrorism and clamp down on illegal immigratino, while also overhauling the health care system and revving up the us economy. Even those Democrats who have expressed a willingness to find areas of common ground have a tough time identifying where compromises may be possible.
Remember when Mr Trump described scenes of "American carnage" during his inauguration speech? Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Callista Gingrich, wife of Trump adviser Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), a member of the House's leadership team.
Trump pledged: "Dying industries will come roaring back to life, veterans [will be] remembered, infrastructure replaced, with new roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, [the] drug epidemic will slow and stop, and our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity - we will keep our promises to the American people". That hearing was hampered somewhat by the fact that no one is yet entirely clear about Trump's plan for the country or the fight against Islamic State fighters there.
Oswalt isn't new to the political game at all - he's been tweeting and blogging about the American political climate for years, which is good and welcome work.
In a Tuesday morning interview with Fox and Friends, Trump was asked to grade his presidency so far. He gave himself an A+ for effort, A for achievement and a C or C+ for messaging. It may not be lost on Trump that he is the most unpopular new president in the history of modern polling.
In the much-anticipated speech, Trump is expected to issue a call for overhauling the health care system and revving up the US economy.
Congress returned to Washington Monday after a weeklong recess for Presidents' Day, when many GOP lawmakers faced hostile constituents at town hall meetings in their districts.
Though that move was criticized by environmentalists, it was consistent with what candidate Trump vowed to do during his campaign previous year against Democrat Hillary Clinton.