Our Analysts React to Trump’s State of the Union


Did you watch President Trump’s first State of the Union? Whether you tuned in or skipped it, we thought you might like reading through reactions from 5 of our political analysts on both sides of the aisle. Here’s what they’re saying:

CBS News’s Norah O’Donnell offered her take on last night’s speech, saying she felt Trump was trying his best to “erase” the divisive Tweets that have dominated news coverage in his first year as President and find a new way to communicate with the American people. “I think this reality TV president was trying to create a new political reality for himself,” she said.

Peter Beinart, Contributing Editor for The Atlantic, took note of the way President Trump spoke about North Korea and published a new piece this morning that asks, “Is Trump Preparing for War with North Korea?” Beinart takes into account that the President didn’t mention sanctions or China, and rather began advocating for a “campaign of maximum pressure.”

The Hill’s National Correspondent Reid Wilson also looked at the things Trump didn’t talk about, writing a piece on the 8 big things that were missing from his address. Among them: how he plans to fund the enormous infrastructure package he’s calling for, when he’ll revisit the Affordable Care Act, and his strategy for controlling the opioid epidemic.

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