Trump 'Did What He Needed to Do' in SOTU Address

'He wanted to take a reasonable, bipartisan tone'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2018 4:47 AM CST

(Newser) – "We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag," President Trump said in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, adopting a moderate tone that insiders tell Politico was the product of weeks of planning. "He wanted to take a reasonable, bipartisan tone" and urged speechwriters to come up with a traditional address, Republican sources say. Analysts say that while Trump succeeded in adopting a tone reminiscent of many other SOTU addresses, the policies he outlined were as controversial as ever. In other coverage:

  • "Few minds changed." With his strong focus on immigration—and talk of "terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country"—Trump will have energized his base, but the speech provided "few reasons for those voters who view him with distaste to take a fresh look," writes Niall Stanage at the Hill.

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