A State of the Union recap, if you missed it
On Tuesday, January 30th, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address – and here’s a recap in case you missed it.
In what was one of the longest State of the Union speeches in history, Trump laid out his vision for 2018. As expected, he touched on five topics: immigration, trade, infrastructure, national security, and tax reform.
While Trump called for unity between the Democrats and Republicans, his address appeared to be aimed at validating his first year in office.
Here are some of the key points and phrases from Trump’s speech (the validity of which are of course up for debate…many would even categorize much of the below as outright falsities).
“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans because Americans are dreamers too. Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families.”
“As we rebuild our industries, it is also time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. America has been, is, and always will be a nation of builders. We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land. And we will do it with American heart, and American hands, and American grit.”
“Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses-many of them thousands and thousands of dollars per worker.”
“No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea. North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.”
If you’d like to watch a condensed version of Trump’s speech in under three minutes, see below:
Also, in case you’re wondering if Melania Trump attended the event, she did. However, some believe her white pantsuit was a snub to the #MeToo movement, since many Democrats attended the State of the Union dressed in black.
We should also note that Trump’s address was the most tweeted-about State of the Union in Twitter history. Data shows there were 4.5 million tweets sent with the hashtag #SOTU or #JointAddress during the speech.
Trump is likely thrilled with those numbers, even though we’re all a little disappointed he didn’t try to defend that “State of the Uniom” ticket typo.