President Trump knew what his best applause line of the night was — and he kept it going and going. For one minute and 42 seconds, Trump led a standing ovation in a divided chamber as he recognized Carryn Owens, the widow of a Navy SEAL who died in Yemen during a risky counterterrorism operation.
In his first joint address to Congress, President Trump touched on his plans to overhaul the nation’s health-care system and tax code, but it was short on specifics and heavy on lofty prose. Struggling to steer a bitterly divided nation with his job-approval ratings at historic lows, Trump effectively pleaded with Americans to give him a chance.
The president said he is open to a plan that could provide a pathway to legal status — but not citizenship — for potentially millions of people who are in the United States illegally and who have not committed serious crimes.
Throughout the election campaign, Trump proclaimed that he would be the military's president. But there's growing bipartisan disquiet with Trump's initiatives, particularly proposed cuts to the U.S.'s foreign aid programs.