In his State of the Union address, President Trump took credit for everything that went well during his first year in office. Even if he should really thank his predecessor for the good economy.
President Donald Trump tried to shed the polarizing image and words that have stunted his popularity and thwarted his ability to pass bipartisan legislation, attempting to recast himself on Tuesday as a unifying figure in his first State of the Union address.
"Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people," he said at the top of his roughly 80-minute speech. "This is really the key: These are the people we were elected to serve."
It was a striking difference in tone for a president who came into office decrying "American carnage" at his inaugural, and since then has often spoken and tweeted in harsh terms about his perceived enemies, including lawmakers of both parties and his vanquished opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Trump continued to warn against what he sees as the scourge of illegal immigration. But he cloaked the warnings with soft descriptions of the American character, describing the nation as "one team, one people and one American family," and suggested immigrant communities actually would benefit from his policies.