Donald Trump's Address to Congress

President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol. He didn't attack the American press, nor did he dwell on various perceived personal slights.

It was the speech a traditional Republican president would give, in the traditional way a Republican president would give one, in the Trump era.

Instead this address to Congress was boilerplate Republican campaign rhetoric.

Trump promised that job growth would be driven by the plan because it would be underpinned by the principles of "buy American and hire American". It was, for all practical purposes, a campaign speech, which in and of itself isn't a problem.

Hill lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had a similar reaction to President Donald Trump's talk of a grand immigration reform compromise: We'll believe that when we see it. It is not clear how he will pay for numerous goals he lays out.

Mr Bera also said that Mr Trump's proposal to repeal Obamacare without a replacement would kick 20 million people off their health insurance. He began his address talking about Black History month in the United States, as well as well as the recent rise in anti-Semitic vandalism and shootings of minorities and immigrants by American-born white people.

"Currently, when we ship products out of America, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes - but when foreign companies ship their products into America, we charge them nothing or nearly nothing", Trump said. Obama reminded them that he won both of his presidential runs.

While Trump has touted his supposed role in saving $700 million on the much-criticized, $1 trillion-plus F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to Politifact, program costs have been coming down for years. The unusually staid performance inspired lavish praise from pundits and commentators, with several members of the media even marking the occasion as the moment Trump officially became president. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), for example, announced that she had invited Hameed Darweesh, an Iraqi immigrant who had put his life at risk working with the USA military and government for a decade, who was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport after the Muslim Ban executive order. Only time will tell.

While Stephen Miller wrote President Trump's Tuesday night address to Congress, first daughter Ivanka Trump might have been responsible for its bipartisan tone, with reports that she pressed for lines committing to environmental protection and paid family leave. With all of the bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers, US citizens being detained in airports for hours on end and ongoing concerns about Russian Federation, that's going to be a tall task.

  • Larry Hoffman