Trump's call for bipartisan approach likely to come up short


Reed was just one of the members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation who responded critically to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

"I thought he was outstanding", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, when asked for his reaction to the address by a President whose frequent policy reversals have often infuriated the GOP Senate leader.

He said that under the country's current "broken" system, an immigrant could bring in "virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives" to the US.

With the First Lady-invited guests in the gallery and enthusiastic Republicans and compliant Democrats in the chamber, Donald Trump left nearly no hot button issue unexplored last night in his first State of the Union address to Congress.

Trump emphasized that America will not support its "adversaries".

But as the last standing ovation subsided, questions remained: How many hours, or days, will Trump's optimistic vision and an open hand for bipartisan compromise last, given his more usual erratic and confrontational behavior? Democrats angry about Trump's immigration positions - including Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico - invited young immigrants whose future in the USA are in flux due to Trump's decision to cancel an Obama-era program that allowed them to stay in the US legally. "You need to be the star", he said.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the president has "managed with his proposal right now to tee off both the far right and the far left". In his State of the Union, Trump affirmed his vision to "protect people from every background, color, religion, or creed".

"We think that our role is to complement the political science department", Merker said.

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"Declaring something that hasn't even happened yet, declaring there was a war on energy", said Robbie Abelon, president of the Sacramento County Young Democrats.

Trump vowed to protect USA citizens of "every background, color, religion, and creed" in his first State of the Union, noting that "Americans are Dreamers too".

"With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House - a guy who took a bullet, nearly died and was back to work three months later", he said.

She said, "The President has attacked our families..."

"To every citizen watching at home tonight, no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time", Mr Trump declared.

"I'm kind of sad with it", Shuster said.

India, which has felt for a while it has been in the crosshairs of the Trump administration on account of a combined trade surplus in goods and services of an estimated $30 billion, will have heard loudly his tough talk calling for it to be "fair" and "reciprocal".

Finally, the fourth pillar of Trump's immigration plan is to eliminate chain migration, a term that has become popular parlance under the Trump administration.