The US Constitution demands the president to periodically “deliver the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
The presidential address customarily ranges from the administration’s accomplishments over the past year to its plans for the coming year. Trump talked about “building a safe, strong and proud America” in a speech focusing on jobs, trade, infrastructure, immigration and national security last Tuesday night, broadcast internationally.
Trump tried to keep the “unifying” and speak “from-the-heart” tone alive throughout the speech, highly unlikely of him. Worth mentioning here that SOTU comes after his historic slogan on World Economic Forum in Davos “American Fist did not mean America alone”.
An interestingly moderate Donald Trump has earmarked his harsh words only for America’s “lovingly earned” enemy North Korea, during his first State of the Union Address. Trump’s hawkish attitude towards North Korea has been accredited with drawing China into line with the international rejoinder to Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions and seeing them vote for the harshest ever UN sanctions against Pyongyang.
The strongest criticism in his speech was directed towards the ne’er-do-well state, and he re-told the story of student Otto Warmbier, who died after months of torture there. Not only this, he also introduced as his guest a Seoul-based North Korean renegade who aids people to escape the “depraved” regime.
Though very little was told about a policy statement in that long passage on North Korea. Focus was just on tragedies and emotional “fake stories” for applause. Trump, unlike his previous rhetoric, paraded the victims of a murderous regime in order to set the stage for nuclear conflict. Isn’t it the lowest of all moral corruptions.
Furthermore, his environmental policies were severely criticized by Democrats.
Moreover, Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in October, but since then, he has taken very little action to address it. Trump administration, despite his tall claims in SOTU, has not yet tendered a funding request to Congress on opioids. The president also still hasn’t named a head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Listen to the address of the 45th President of United State of America: