President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol.
I’ll also note that those were apparently groans, presumably all Democratic, to be heard when Trump announced a new pet project: “I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims”. Right now, in an era of changing TV viewing habits, the best comparison for Trump’s speech on Tuesday again is the final SOTU of President Barack Obama from January 12 previous year.
Trump has done mini-pivots in the past, only to revert to more familiar campaign-style figure from the 2016 presidential campaign, said Republican strategist John Feehery.
White House officials say the change in tone is partly Trump realizing what is possible and understanding what he needs to do in order to get things done.
But Trump is the president, and he’s not traditional. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat who has often positioned herself on the aisle for presidential addresses, does not plan on shaking Trump’s hand, according to her office.
With another president, some plans would be dead on arrival, including the desire to spend $1 trillion dollars to improve the country’s crumbling infrastructure.
In his first speech to Congress in 2009, President Barack Obama said he was sure America would overcome its worst recession in over 70 years. But those positive reviews can’t mask the fact that, by the end of the speech, Trump was back to being his familiar foul self.
Nearly entirely missing from Trump’s speech was any mention of education, which Obama spent a good deal of time talking about. Yet once again, Trump made an abrupt about-face just hours later.
Trump said very little about how he plans to enact numerous things he has promised, from his pledge to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure to his vow to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries”, he said, as he vowed to usher in tax reform that would help American companies “compete and thrive”. Trump said that this was the time to let Americans purchase health insurance across state lines.
Mr Trump said the U.S. must support law enforcement and support the victims of crime. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Trump greets Sen.
He recently broadened the categories of people who could be targeted for immigration enforcement to anyone who had been charged with a crime, removing an Obama-era exception for people convicted of traffic misdemeanours. We will defend our flag.