President Trump’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress, summarized
Every Monday-Thursday, I spend my evenings compiling and deciphering the five biggest news stories of the day for our nightly newsletter, The Evening Commute.
Tonight, that unfortunately meant giving up tickets to see Japandroids at 9:30 Club and what ended up being a Wizards game for the ages in order to take in President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress:
However, I realize there are still some people not yet signed up for the newsletter that gives you “the top 5 stories to break while your 9-5 was breaking you.” So, I thought I’d go ahead and C+P the transcript from tonight’s email, in hopes that all can know what I bore witness to just hours ago.
President Trump just delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, and while there was much hullabaloo beforehand about who was attending (and who wasn’t), in the end, it was as stylistically dry and well-done as the steaks he so enjoys consuming.
- “Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead. All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud and America is free.”
- “Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world. My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. It will be a big, big cut. At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.”
- “We want all Americans to succeed — but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos.”
- “It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.“
- “My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make child care accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women’s health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.”
- “To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital — creating millions of new jobs.”
- “Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs and, at the same time, provide better health care.”
- “Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope. Our citizens deserve this, and so much more.”
Some things that might slip under the media’s radar:
- A noticeable absence of discussion on how he is going to pay for all the things he promised
- A noticeable absence of anything substantial when it came to foreign policy
- Trump quoting Secretary of Defense Mattis directly to say that fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens “was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies” (despite recent reporting to the contrary)
- Trump going out of his way to emphatically say the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” just days after his new national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster advised him not to
- The President calling for a merit-based immigration system
- The President having ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office called the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement
Some worthwhile hot
- “That speech is approximately what a reframing of Trumpism for a broader audience would look like.”
- “This was an America-first speech in a nicer package.”
- “$1t infrastructure + $54b military + cuts to threadbare NDD budget + huge tax cuts + aging population = no increase in debt. Got it.”
- “Lol @ denouncing division while creating a whole office to report crimes by immigrants.”
- “In the other timeline, progressives are furious that President Clinton’s call for a minimum wage increase didn’t specifically mention $15.”
- “Trump’s tribute to a slain Navy SEAL was crassly manipulative”
- “I feel like tonight Donald Trump became the president of the United States”
“The Cognitive Bias President Trump Understands Better Than You” by Matt Flegenheimer
“Trump’s First Month: An Evaluation” by Molly Ball
While Listening To:
“Dare To Be Loved” – La Stampa
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See you on the Metro,
Bryce T. Rudow, Editor-in-Chief (@brycetrudow)
Submitted To The Evening Commute
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