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'New and Improved' Trump Scores With Presidential Speech

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President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill. (AP)

Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 08:09 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Trump's speech at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night showed what even critics agreed was a “new and improved Trump” — delivering the an address that was received positively overall.

“Media left and right give Trump’s speech thumbs up,” blared a headline from The Hill.

“Steve Bannon on steroids with a smile,” is how newly-elected Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez characterized Trump’s congressional address, likening the president to his controversial counselor.

“President Trump's speech was terrific, despite certain policy disagreements I have with him,” tweeted conservative radio talk-show host Mark Levin.

Four historians who watched his address closely gave Newsmax widely differing conclusions on what is sure to be the most-talked-of and analyzed of Trump’s speeches so far.

“This was a really solid speech,” said Henry G. Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Policy Center and author of the forthcoming book “Ronald Reagan: New Deal Republican.” “It was hopeful, non-divisive, and included themes that resonate with conservatives and his blue-collar base. The active, problem-solving tone, with a focus on active government to help average Americans, is what center-right Americans want.”

David Pietrusza, author of four books on presidential election years, told us that "Trump eschewed his usual style and delivered an eloquent, and at times even poetic message of hope in and for America. Whoever was tasked with crafting his words succeeded. Beyond the mere words, Trump's measured presence and tone conveyed a greater gravitas and acumen.”

Pietrusza added, however, that “Democrats will not be won over by it. But conservatives will, at least, be momentarily reassured despite his occasional excursions into big government initiatives such as paid family leave or a trillion dollars in new infrastructure."

“Trump's demeanor was very different from the Inaugural speech and his rallies — more low key, well-delivered,” said veteran political scientist Norm Ornstein. “There were some strong conciliatory notes, especially his beginning, condemning anti-Semitic attacks and the murder in Kansas.”

But, Ornstein quickly added, in many cases, the words did not mesh with actual policies and actions: "Calling for clean water and clean air while slashing clean water and clean air budgets? Calling for peace over war while slashing deep budgets for diplomacy and development? The latter was opposed vigorously by an army of former top military leaders.”

Ornstein felt that the “new Trump” notwithstanding, “It is unlikely to change anything in the partisan dynamic, or in actual policies proposed or enacted.”

Matthew Dallek, associate professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and author of “The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics,” called Trump’s speech “fairly incoherent.”

“Trump wants $1 trillion in new infrastructure, but no way to pay for it,” Dallek explained. “He wants miraculous new drugs to cure rare diseases, but he wants to lower drug costs drastically. He wants clean air and clean water, but he has proposed massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.”

“As for his other agenda, education reform, immigration, massive increases for defense programs, seems like a heavy lift for Congress,” said Dallek. “It's extremely difficult to see how he achieves much of what he has promised based on this speech. It's unclear whether the administration is equipped to actually lead the Congress and persuade the country to enact a series of sweeping changes.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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