Trump Speech Hailed as 'Presidential,' 'Statesmanlike'

It's being called his best address yet
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2017 4:15 AM CST
Updated Mar 1, 2017 5:10 AM CST
Trump Speech Was His 'Most Presidential Moment'
"The time for small thinking is behind us," Trump said.   (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

President Trump might soften his stance on his media "enemies" after seeing their takes on his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. Trump has won praise for what is being widely described as his most presidential moment yet, an optimistic speech that used lofty rhetoric in a call to set aside "trivial fights" and unify for a "new chapter of American greatness." A roundup of coverage:

  • Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post rounds up winners and losers from the address. Winners, besides Trump himself, include Steve Bannon and Ivanka Trump, whose influences on the speech were clear—Bannon for the economic nationalism, and Ivanka for the call to pass paid family leave. Losers include people hoping for Trump's "imminent demise." "He's not going anywhere, folks," Cillizza writes. "And that speech suggests he might have more upside than almost anyone thought."

  • CNN is among those praising the address for its statesmanlike and unifying tone, noting that it "ticked almost all the boxes of a traditional State of the Union style appearance."
  • At the National Review, Rich Lowry agrees that it was the "best Trump speech yet" and praises him for delivering his core message in a way that was "domesticated to the presidency," though he complains that there was "zero social conservatism in the speech."
  • The Hill lists the takeaways from Trump's speech, noting that while it was short on policy details, congressional Republicans will be relieved that "he set out clear objectives in a way that could boost his party’s rank-and-file."
  • The San Francisco Chronicle describes the tone as "softer and unusually aspirational," though it notes that on issues like ObamaCare, there was no sign of bipartisan proposals to match Trump's bipartisan language.
  • It was presidential, but was it accurate? The New York Times fact-checks the speech and takes issue with several of Trump's claims, including the assertion that "ObamaCare is collapsing." The Times' Glenn Thrush tweeted during the speech that unlike some Trump speeches, it appeared to have been "nominally fact-checked."
  • Politico looks at some of the things Trump didn't mention during the speech, including Russia, Iraq, crowd sizes, and the "dishonest media."
  • The AP reports on the muted ways Democrats registered their dissent during the address. There were some empty Democratic seats, and House women wore suffragettes' white in a show of support for women's issues.
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