Trump's speech did well - but didn't get Obama or Clinton numbers

But five times when he spoke about the need for unity, Trump pointed his finger at the Democratic side of the room, as though it was on them to fix it - like when he said "The time for small thinking is over". And numerous attacks and attempted assaults have been carried out since 9/11 by Americans subscribing to far-right, racist ideology, including the 2015 shooting rampage by a white supremacist at an African-American church in SC that killed nine people, and the murder last week of an Indian engineer by a 51-year old Kansas man imploring him to "get out of my country".

"His executive order goes far beyond anything that anyone proposed". He promised "massive tax relief for the middle class" and a reduction in corporate tax rates, but glossed over how he would offset the cuts. First lady Melania Trump sat with special guests who were on hand to amplify the president's agenda, including the family members of people killed by immigrants living in the USA illegally. She's the widow of a US Navy Special operator, William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed in an anti-terror raid in Yemen in the first major military engagement of the new administration.

Trump called on Congress to work together in a bipartisan fashion to help deliver on the laundry list of promises he made on the campaign trail, including cracking down on illegal immigration, renegotiating trade deals, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, reforming the tax code and defeating ISIS.

Less than two months in, Stone said he is impressed by Trump's performance in the White House. "What happened to these victims and their families is tragic, however, the perpetrators of those crimes committed them because they were bad people not because they were immigrants".

"He became President of the United States in that moment, period", CNN's Van Jones said in a post-speech wrap-up. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Trump arrives in the Capitol's House chamber.

Bloomberg Businessweek's Joshua Green, who profiled Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon in 2015 and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller this week, tweeted that an unnamed senior White House official described the speech to him as "nationalism with an indoor voice".

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, in an interview that will air Thursday on NPR's Morning Edition, said Trump "talks like a populist" in his speeches but he "governs like a hard-right guy". He did get in a subtle dig by pointing in the Democrats' direction when he declared the "time for trivial fights is behind us".

  • Zachary Reyes