President Donald Trump's inaugural speech "spoke directly" to the American people and "inspired" them with assurances that "'I'm on your side and I'm against Washington,'" Rep. Lamar Smith told Newsmax TV.
In an interview Friday with host Joe Pagliarulo on "The Joe Pags Show," the Texas Republican and chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said the "American people know who [Trump] is.
"He spoke directly to them that 'I'm on your side and I'm against Washington,'" Smith said. "I think they heard exactly what they wanted to.
"Here's the president out in the open speaking really to the world even beyond America," he added. "It's really a testament for our freedoms and our liberties here in the United States that we can do this out in the open and is not behind closed doors — and he speaks to the people themselves.
"I think people were inspired by that," he said.
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Those who are still skeptical should "give him a chance," Smith said.
"I hope those who are skeptical will remember what [former] President [Barack] Obama said — he hopes he's successful," Smith said, adding that Trump has "surrounded himself with good people. He's off to a fast start. Let's give him a chance."
Smith said raucous protests that erupted in Washington during the inauguration didn't create any "major disturbance."
"Maybe they're there to get publicity, maybe they're there just to protest what they think the president might do," he said. "I do think he's going to keep his promise to the working men and women of America and I think he's going to keep his promise to put America first. I'm not sure too many people disagree with that."
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