On February 28, it seemed President Trump was destined to finish off the month on a high note. He delivered his first formal address to Congress. He spoke in a tone that was somber and focused. His delivery was less combative. His message was grounded in unity. There was even a touching moment when he paused for roughly two minutes to honor Carryn Owens, the wife of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens.
The political pundits seem to be a united front for once, with some of Trump’s harshest critics like Van Jones praising the politician for a job well done. But this one positive moment is an anomaly in a roughly 40-day presidency plagued by a botched immigration ban roll out and an executive order free-for-all that’s keep thousands of protesters on the streets. His first official address provided a glimpse of hope, but he still has a long way to go to bring the nation together.
It also stopped Syrian refugees from relocating to the U.S. indefinitely. There was instant outrage and accusations that the Trump administration was anti-immigrant. The order was eventually overturned by Washington-based Federal Judge James Robart. Rumor has it there’s a new, revised ban in the works, but it has yet to materialize.
There’s also the lack of movement around the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. This was one of Trump’s biggest promises during this campaign, and it’s an action point he’s harped on since his inauguration. Yet still, there hasn’t been any action.
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