Thanks so much for joining us tonight for our coverage of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.
If you’re just catching up to it this morning, here's what you missed…
- In his speech, Trump shared a vision for a "new American moment" that featured a subdued tone but highlighted several of his more polarizing policy plans.
- Throughout his approximately 80-minute address — the third-longest State of the Union — Trump boasted about the tax cuts he enacted at the close of last year and pointed what's next on his agenda. (You can read his full prepared remarks here.)
- But Trump didn’t get everything right, our fact-checker found, and critical points he made regarding immigration, the economy, and even his own tax cuts were not correct. And while Republicans praised the speech, the anti-Trump Twitterverse exploded with criticism, especially after viewers noticed that the president was repeatedly clapping for himself.
- Afterward, in the official Democratic rebuttal, Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., accused Trump of dividing the country, exclaiming that while, “Bullies may land a punch … they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future."
- Trump was overheard guaranteeing a GOP congressman that he would release a classified memo believed to show the FBI abused its surveillance program, despite the White House saying earlier no decision had been made. So, stay tuned.