Connect to Congress: Lawmakers react to Trump's 'positive tone'

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Representatives Jason Chaffetz, Lois Frankel, John Katko, Earl Blumenauer, Randy Weber and Tom Rice weigh in. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

On Wednesday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives reacted to President Donald Trump's first primetime address to a joint meeting of Congress. Both Democrats and Republicans pointed to Trump's turn to a 'move positive tone.'

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah: “I thought he did a great job. He communicated with the country. He helped set the agenda. I thought it was very presidential and I think it reassured a lot of people that they made the right choice that he is now the president of United States.”

  • Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla.: “Who is the real Donald Trump? You know he has been, he’s full of platitudes. I call it the sort of like the bait and president. (white flash) I like the infrastructure building. I'd like to see a good proposal on, in fact I'm going to send him a proposal on family leave and child care. But building, spending $40 billion on a wall? No, not a good idea.”
  • Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y.: “It was conciliatory and it was reaching across the aisle and he said now is the time to work together and that is exactly what I think the vast majority of Americans want to hear right now. We’ve had enough of the divisiveness. It was a terribly nasty campaign. But the campaign is over and now it's time to govern.”
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.: “It was noteworthy because he read the Teleprompter and he had a more positive tone, same misleading and I think unfortunate priorities, but the bar is so low now that if he could read the Teleprompter and have a more positive tone, people thought that it was a much better speech. It’s very curious.”

  • Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas: “He called for unity. He appealed to both sides of the aisle, both Republicans and Democrats. Talked about things that matter. I think one of the best things that he said last night was you work for the American people of the United States of America, not the rest of the world. I thought that was great. He was right on.”
  • Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C.: “I never thought of him as being somebody who would be that, express that much hope and I think that came across very, very well to the public. And I think the Congress liked it I think the gallery certainly liked it, and it, I got so much positive feedback from the folks back home, they sure seemed to have liked it as well.”