As he did last fall, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) criticized President Trump's latest comments about Democrats, referring to the president's remarks of calling them "treasonous" for not applauding him during the State of the Union Address. Senator Flake said he hoped the president would change but remarked that his recent comments make governing very difficult and are not becoming of a president.
President Trump delivered remarks on tax reform at the Sheffer Corporation north of Cincinnati. He declared America "open for business," and provided examples of what he viewed as positive signs for the U.S. economy and American families. He appealed to his supporters and asked them to vote in the 2018 elections in order to maintain Republican control of Congress, and said congressional Democrats were "un-American" and "treasonous" for not applauding for him as he delivered his State of the Union address the week prior to this event.
Alex Nowrasteh talked about immigration and the history and role of "chain migration," which President Trump called for an end to in first State of the Union address on January 30. "Chain migration" refers to American citizens or residents being able to sponsor family members to come to the U.S. lawfully on green cards.
Speaking to congressional Republicans at their annual retreat, Vice President Pence commented on the train accident that occurred on their way out to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. He says he was in the Oval Office with the president when he was informed about the incident and reflected on his memories of taking the train out to the retreat when he was a member of Congress. He also described watching C-SPAN after the State of the Union address and listening to a caller from West Virginia on the Democratic line.
Today's program looked at reaction to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union Address from members of Congress. Plus, a train crash carrying members of the Republican party. Interviews with Elana Schor of Politico, Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute, Devilin Barrett of The Washington Post, and Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) reviewed President Trump's first State of the Union address with Mike Allen of Axios. They also discussed immigration and ongoing negotiations on the fiscal year 2018 budget. Representative Hoyer predicted Democrats would take back the House and pick up at least 30 seats.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democratic leaders reacted to President Trump's first State of the Union address. The lawmakers criticized the president's remarks on immigration, infrastructure, and tax reform.
Telephone lines and social media were open for viewer comments on President Trump's first State of the Union address. Throughout the program, several reporters spoke about President Trump's remarks on immigration reform, infrastructure, and the economy and trade. Several clips were shown of the address as well as excerpts from the Democratic response from Representative Joe Kennedy (MA).
Public policy experts who served in previous administrations previewed President Trump's first State of the Union address. Former CBS anchor and longtime "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer moderated the discussion.
Prior to President Trump's first State of the Union address, former House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood and Senate Historian Emeritus Don Ritchie previewed the speech and spoke about the history and tradition of the president's annual message. from the C-SPAN News Desk, Greta Brawner talked about news surrounding the address. Scenes were also shown of President Trump's departure from the White House as well as members of Congress gathering in the House chamber.
Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) previewed the State of the Union Address. He said the current economy is a result of the Obama administration and called for bipartisanship from the president, saying he should announce sanctions against Russia.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) previewed the State of the Union Address. Senator McConnell mentioned the stock market, tax reform, judicial appointments, deregulation, and other accomplishments of the Trump administration.
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led the weekly House GOP press conference. In her remarks, she previewed President Trump’s first State of the Union address, focusing on issues including national security and the recent tax reform legislation. The Congresswoman was joined by other Republican leaders, and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) took questions after her remarks
President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. He covered a range of themes, including national security, immigration, opioid addiction, infrastructure, the economy, and the actions of his administration over the past year. Throughout his speech, the president described everyday Americans who had performed heroic acts, such as a police officer who adopted the child of a mother addicted to heroin, and he praised the work of first responders and volunteers to the hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, and other crises of the past year. The president called on Congress to work together to pass immigration reform and rebuild the nation's infrastructure, saying, "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."
Following their weekly caucus luncheon, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other members of Senate Republican leadership spoke to reporters about President Trump's first State of the Union address that night and outlined the administration's actions on issues including immigration and the economy.