Pres. Donald Trump takes his message to Congress
February 28, 2017
(WASHINGTON) President Donald Trump goes before the U.S. Congress tonight to give a speech that will be closely watched for details of his plans for the economy and whether he can strike a more conciliatory tone.
World financial markets will be scrutinizing the 9 p.m. address in the House of Representatives for specifics of how the Republican president aims to make good on promises to tackle tax reform, boost infrastructure spending and simplify regulations he says are harming business.
White House officials say the speech will include some gestures toward unifying a country polarized by a bitterly fought election and divided in the early days of his presidency.
An average of recent polls by Real Clear Politics put his approval rating at about 44 percent, low for a new president.
In a rare show of self-criticism, Trump told the “Fox & Friends” television program in an interview broadcast on Tuesday that “maybe it’s my fault” the administration’s goals on immigration may not have been communicated effectively.
He was referring to the troubled rollout of his Jan. 27 order to temporarily ban people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.
Overall, Trump said he had performed well in the Oval Office so far. “I think I get an A in terms of what I’ve actually done, but in terms of messaging, I’d give myself a C or a C+.”
Invited to say how he would change the messaging, the businessman and former reality TV star said, “Maybe I change it during the speech.”
Reuters copy/TRUNEWS analysis
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