View from the Executive Gallery of the House Chamber
President of the United States, Donald Trump, gave his first public address before a joint session of the United States Congress on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Similar to a State of the Union address, it was delivered before the 115th United States Congress in the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives in the United States Capitol. Presiding over this joint session was the  House Speaker, Paul Ryan. Accompanying the Speaker of the House was the President of the United States Senate, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States.
During his speech, President Trump announced the creation of the
Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) in the United States Department of Homeland Security.  
Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was the designated survivor and did not attend the address in order to maintain a continuity of government. He was sequestered at a secret secure location for the duration of the event.
Reception [ edit ]
Fact-checkers noted that although Trump's speech to Congress had "fewer untrue statements than many of his remarks",
the address nevertheless included numerous false and misleading statements on a variety of issues, including the federal budget,  immigration and crime, immigration and the economy, welfare, and the job impact of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.      
was considered more optimistic, conciliatory  and politically conventional  and "presidential"   than Trump's typically  populist manner of speaking, at a time in which he was receiving historically low approval ratings.  
Democratic responses [ edit ]
Democratic Party, former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear provided the response; activist Astrid Silva of Nevada offered another response for the party in Spanish. Beshear spoke at a  diner in Lexington, Kentucky.  
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (an independent who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate) responded to the speech in a 14-minute video posted to Facebook, in which he criticized Trump for failing to make any mention of income inequality, criminal justice reform, or climate change. Sanders also stated: "President Trump once again made it clear he plans on working with Republicans in Congress who want to repeal the  Affordable Care Act, throw 20 million Americans off of health insurance, privatize Medicare, make massive cuts in Medicaid, raise the cost of prescription drugs to seniors, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, while at the same time, he wants to give another massive tax break to the wealthiest Americans." 
According to the Democratic think-tank
Center for American Progress, Trump made 51 false or manipulative statements during his speech.  
Viewership [ edit ]
Trump's speech was aired live on 11 broadcast and cable news networks, and viewed on TV by an estimated 47.7 million people in the United States.
Total cable and network viewers 
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ The New York Times (28 February 2017). "President Trump's Address to the Joint Congress (Full Speech)" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ NBC News (28 February 2017). "President Donald Trump's 2017 Joint Address To Congress: Full Speech" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ PBS NewsHour (28 February 2017). "Watch President Trump's full address to a joint session of Congress" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ CNN (28 February 2017). "Full speech: Trump delivers first address to Congress" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ CNBC (1 March 2017). "President Donald J. Trump's Address To A Joint Session Of Congress (Full Speech)" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ "Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28" . Retrieved . 25 January 2017
^ Griffin, Andrew (March 1, 2017). "Donald Trump creates Voice agency to publish list of crimes by immigrants". The Independent . Retrieved . March 1, 2017
^ "Presidential address: Trump calms tone in first speech to Congress – as it happened". Guardian. 28 February 2017 . Retrieved . 1 March 2017
^ a b True: Trump's speech included several false or misleading statements, Los Angeles Times (March 1, 2017).
^ Glenn Kessler & Michelle Ye Hee, Fact-checking President Trump's address to Congress, Washington Post (February 28, 2017).
^ CBS This Morning (1 March 2017). "How California voters reacted to President Trump's Congress address" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ USA Today (1 March 2017). "Fact-checking Trump's first address to Congress" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ The New York Times (1 March 2017). "Analysis: President Donald Trump's Address to Congress" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ a b CBS News (28 February 2017). "Breaking down President Trump's address to Congress" . Retrieved – via YouTube. 10 May 2017
^ "Donald Trump's Congress speech (full text)". CNN . Retrieved . 10 May 2017
^ Davis, Julie Hirschfeld; Shear, Michael D.; Baker, Peter (February 28, 2017). "Trump, in Optimistic Address, Asks Congress to End 'Trivial Fights. '" The New York Times . Retrieved . March 1, 2017
^ a b Thrush, Glenn (March 1, 2017). "5 Key Takeaways From President Trump's Speech". The New York Times . Retrieved . March 1, 2017
^ Smith, Alexander; Hanrahan, Mark (March 1, 2017). "Speech hailed as Trump's most presidential moment was "all him": Pence". NBC News . Retrieved . March 1, 2017
^ Smith, Lizette Alvarez, Jess Bidgood, Mitch; Tavernise, Sabrina (March 1, 2017). ". 'Today, He Acted Like a Politician': Voters' Reactions to Trump's Speech" The New York Times . Retrieved . March 1, 2017
^ "Democrats Pick Ex-Kentucky Governor To Respond To Trump Speech To Congress". NPR. February 24, 2017 . Retrieved . February 25, 2017
^ Steve Beshear's full rebuttal to Trump's joint address (video), Washington Post (March 1, 2017).
^ Cheryl Truman, Eatery gains world attention hosting Beshear's reply to Trump speech, Lexington Herald-Tribune (March 1, 2017).
^ a b Jaclyn Reiss, Bernie Sanders rails against Trump after speech, Boston Globe (March 1, 2017).
^ "Trump's Speech to Congress Contained Dozens of Lies, Falsehoods, Inaccurate, or Misleading Statements". thenewcivilrightsmovement.com . Retrieved . 10 May 2017
^ "The 5 Biggest Lies in Trump's Speech to Congress". telesurtv.net. March 1, 2017 . Retrieved . May 10, 2017
^ Ariens, Chris (March 1, 2017). "Pres. Trump's Address to Congress Watched By 47.7 Million on TV". adweek.com.
^ "Nearly 48 Million Americans Watch Pres. Donald Trump's First Address to Congress". www.nielsen.com. March 1, 2017.
^ Edelman, Adam (March 1, 2018). "Trump's address to joint session of Congress clocks in at 9 million viewers shy of Obama's 2009 speech". NYDailyNews . Retrieved . February 3, 2018
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