In a report by the Associated Press today, US President Donald Trump spoke to a joint session of Congress last night with house Republicans cheering and Democrats mostly sitting silently. In the speech hailed by House Speaker Paul Ryan as a “home run”, President Trump covered a spectrum of topics including military spending, health care, tax reform and honoring those killed in military service or by crime.
Vice President Mike Pence said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that President Trump showed the Nation, “broad shoulders, big heart, reaching out, focusing on the future.” President Trump also stated that Americans should be able to choose their own health insurance instead of a plan forced on them by the federal government. He went on to say that this should be done through tax credits and health savings accounts as part of his commitment to repeal Obama care.
President Trump signaled that he is in favor of a tax overhaul that would not tax exports from the US, but would tax imports coming into the US. President Trump stated, “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 almost nothing”.
The AP reports that Democrats are accustomed to jeering at President Trump, as he “veers off message, advances false claims, or results to personal insults” although no examples were given. The AP goes on to state that since he did none of those things during the speech, President Trump somehow gave the wrong impression of how he conducts himself as president. Again, no examples were provided by the AP of how his behavior contrasts with what was said last night. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) echoed these accusation by stating, “President Trump’s speech had an air of unreality because what he said tonight was so different than how he has governed in the first 40 days”. Again, no examples were given for this claim.
Not mentioned in the AP report was President Trump’s emotionally charged condolences given to families of those killed in military action or those who fell victim to crime. Also, some of the women attending the speech last night sitting quietly on the left side of the House wore white. White was worn in the early 1900 by the women’s suffrage movement. It was unclear why these women, some giving the thumbs down during the speech, wore white and what harms they are trying to overcome.