WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The state of our union is strong. That was the message from President Donald Trump Tuesday night, as he aimed to set an optimistic and bipartisan tone in his speech first State of the Union Address.
It’s not the first time the president has spoken to a Joint Session of Congress, but it is the first time he’s done so with a record of what he’s accomplished in office.
President Trump began his speech by recapping the past year with a familiar phrase.
“We’ve gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission to make America great again for all Americans," he said.
He thanked those who responded to recent natural and man-made ones, like the shooting at a congressional baseball practice that severely injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).
“But it’s not enough to come together only in times of tragedy." said the president. "Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences.”
The president touted high job creation numbers and a low unemployment rate. He highlighted his biggest legislative victory to date – tax reform – and its effect on an issue he’s railed against all year.
“The core of the disastrous Obamacare – the individual mandate is now gone," he said.
Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) gave the Democratic response.
"We see an economy that makes stocks soar and corporate profits climb, but fails to give workers their fair share of the reward," said Kennedy.
President Trump called for action from Congress, and his administration will continue to do so. Both he and Vice President Pence are scheduled to speak with House and Senate Republicans at their retreat the next few days, and the president’s cabinet will also be getting his message out to the public.