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Al D'Amato: Trump Triumphed Thanks to Conciliatory, Attack-free SOTU Speech

By    |   Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:06 PM

President Donald Trump delivered a "great, compassionate, conservative" State of the Union address that was made even stronger by the fact he didn't go on the attack and instead extended an olive branch on Democrats, former Sen. Al D'Amato told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

"I thought it was a great plus for him. You know why? Because he didn't try to have the fervor of the campaign, like 'build the wall!' It was conciliatory. It was a great, compassionate, conservative speech," D'Amato, a New York Republican, said to Bill Tucker on "Newsmax Now."

"On immigration, he said we have to really strengthen our border security for a number of reasons, to stop drugs from coming in, to stop illegals from coming in, to stop people who would bring harm to the country.

"But by the same token, he said I'm willing to provide citizenship for almost 2 million people, a pathway. So it wasn't, 'we're just going to exclude people!' No, we want to keep the country strong, safe, and we recognize that those who came in as youngsters should have a pathway to citizenship. So he was good."

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Additionally, D'Amato said, Trump scored on the nation's financial health.

"The economy, it's booming, it's a great message for Republicans to carry. Why? Energy independence we have for the first time because of massive deregulation. So the energy sector is booming. We see the economy continues to move forward with greater employment opportunities, particularly for minorities," D'Amato told Tucker.

"Militarily we are meeting our objectives. And those are good objectives. And if the Congress can work together, Democrats and Republicans, there's nothing that can't be accomplished. And that was the president's message."

D'Amato acknowledged Trump's conciliatory tone was not returned by Democrats, but "it doesn't matter."

"He didn't get in these ridiculous attacks on people that he should ignore. Don't, Mr. President, attack some jackass because he says some terrible thing because you just give them notoriety. He stuck to the script," D'Amato said.

"It was a home run for President Trump and it came at an important time. If he can build on this, the Republicans will do better come the '18 election and the country, more importantly, will do better.

"He has political enemies, let's not kid ourselves, and the media at this point, they are for the most part enemies of his. But if he ignores their barbs, etc., let others take them on, he'll do far better."

D'Amato urged Democrats to attempt to work with Trump on hammering out an immigration compromise.

"They have a chance now when it comes to this immigration situation and particularly DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals]. Give the president what he wants with respect to the wall and border security and give the million plus people who the president has offered a pathway to citizenship to," he said.

"You can't win everything on one side or the other. Compromise, in certain cases, really is the answer . . . I think by the president coming forth the way he has and continuing to, not losing patience, they should get a bipartisan compromise."

But it won't be easy, he admitted.

"Democrats don't want it simply because they don't want the president to look good. They'd rather see it stalled and therefore they can blame him and say that's Trump and all of the adjectives that go with it when they attack him," D'Amato said.

D'Amato served from 1981-1999 and was chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1995-1999. He was succeeded by Chuck Schumer.

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President Donald Trump delivered a "great, compassionate, conservative" State of the Union address that was made even stronger by the fact he didn't go on the attack and instead extended an olive branch on Democrats, former Sen. Al D'Amato told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.
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