10 Things to Watch for in Trump’s Address to Congress
Donald Trump’s speech tonight will be, like everything he does, a spectacle. The last time Trump had such a stage was his inaugural, where all of official Washington stood behind him as he looked out over what (in his mind) were trillions of people. But tonight, he will be looking right into the eyes of Congress, his Cabinet, the Joint Chiefs, the Supreme Court, and diplomatic corps. He can’t resist working the room — name-checking, fawning, heckling — so expect this to be the wackiest joint session address you’ve ever seen.
But we’ll be listening for what Trump says about substance (that is, if he can refrain from attacking the press and refuting the numbers at his inauguration). So in that spirit, here are the top 10 things we hope to hear about in Trump’s speech tonight. These can be used as checklist to grade the president — and we’ll offer our take on how we think he did later in the week.
The first three are questions that President Barack Obama posed in his final State of the Union address over a year ago, but are even more relevant today.
“First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?”
“Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us, especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?”
“Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?”