Last night, United States President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress to deliver this thoughts on the State of the Union. Trump began by summarizing his accomplishments during his first year in office, touting the positive effects of Republican tax reform and the impact of his administration’s deregulation efforts on the American economy, saying “Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small business.”
After discussing his party’s accomplishments, Trump called on Democrats to work with Republicans to find solutions to the issues he thought posed the biggest problems for the United States. Trump told Congress that his administration’s biggest priorities for 2018 are immigration reform and improving American infrastructure. To make this happen, the president called on Democrats and Republicans to come together and find solutions, saying “Tonight I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.”
President Trump relayed his thoughts in a very presidential manner, appearing very sincere and committed to finding solutions to the issues facing the United States. After several tense and hostile months on Capitol Hill, Trump’s presidential and restrained temperament delivered a feeling of hope and optimism for his second year in office.
Congressman Joe Kennedy gave the Democratic Party’s response to Trump’s speech, delivering a very grim and fearful view of America’s current state. Kennedy addressed the booming stock market, which he said is only benefiting wealthy Americans and leaving the average person continuing to live paycheck-to-paycheck, saying “investor portfolios bulge and corporate profits climb but fails to give workers their fair share of the reward.” Kennedy also went on to describe his view of the country, saying “Many have spent the last year anxious, angry, afraid. We all feel the fractured fault lines across our country.”
It is quite clear from both speeches that President Trump and Republicans have a very different view on the state of the nation than their Democrat colleagues in Congress. The partisan divide appears more hostile than ever, and the ambitious Trump/Republican agenda will likely face a difficult path to implementation.
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