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.”