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"Trump At His Absolute Best," See What They Are Saying About Trump's Speech

- February 28, 2017

Top Praise For Tonight's Speech

During President Trump's Speech The Washington Post's Dan Zak Tweeted He Was "Ready To Double Down" On An Earlier Claim That President Trump Would Serve As President For Eight Years. "Ready to double down on this." (Dan Zak, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

  • Zak In January 2017: President Trump "Will Be President For Eight Years." "I've been saying this: He will be president for eight years." (Dan Zak, Twitter Feed , 1/12/17)

Overall Praise For President Trump's Speech

ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl Said President Trump Was "At His Most Presidential," Saying This Is "His Most Effective Speech Yet." "This is @realDonaldTrump at his most presidential -- his most effective speech yet" (Jonathan Karl, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

CNN's Wolf Blitzer Said That President Trump Delivered "An Important, Powerful Speech." CNN's WOLF BLITZER: "The President of the United States, delivering an important, powerful speech. His tone clearly different than the speech he delivered at the inauguration. The President going through a whole range of issues." (CNN's Coverage Of Presidential Address , 2/28/17)

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Fox News' Chris Wallace Said This Was One Of The Best Joint Session Speeches He'd Ever Heard A President Give." FOX NEWS' CHRIS WALLACE: "36 years ago, Ronald Reagan reinvented the speech to the joint session of congress. He was the one who introduced the idea of having people up in the gallery, creating not just a programmatic message but a deeply emotional message. I think Donald Trump reinvented it again tonight, 36 years later. I thought it was by far the best speech I've ever heard Donald Trump give. It was one of the best speeches in that setting I've ever heard any president give." (Fox News' Coverage of Presidential Address , 2/28/17)

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MSNBC's Chris Matthews: President Trump's Speech A "Winner. " MSNBC's CHRIS MATTHEWS: "I think left, right and center people have a sense of righteous indignation, right or wrong, that we've been screwed worldwide. We must restart the engine of the American economy, make it easier for companies to do business in the United States and much harder for companies to leave. I thought it was a winner politically. I think it was probably the reason he was elected in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio, it is his winning the ticket: economic nationalism." (MSNBC's " The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell ," 2/28/17)

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CNN's Anderson Cooper Said That "This Was Probably, Without A Doubt, One Of His Best Speeches." CNN's ANDERSON COOPER: "This was probably, without a doubt, one of his best speeches that I've ever heard." (CNN's Coverage Of Presidential Address , 2/28/17)

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NPR's Scott Detrow: "This Is Far And Away Trump's Most Presidential Moment To-Date [And] The Most Broadly-Framed Argument For His Agenda." "This is far and away Trump's most presidential moment to-date, & the most broadly-framed argument for his agenda. All relative, but notable." (Scott Detrow, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Politico 's Marc Caputo Said That Trump Delivered A "Strong, Muscular Speech" And Did A "Solid Job Appealing To The Little Guys' Sense That They're Being Taken Advantage Of." "A strong, muscular speech from Trump who's doing a solid job appealing to the little guys' sense that they've been taken advantage of" (Marc Caputo, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Politico 's Capitol Bureau Chief John Bresnahan Said That "This Is A Very Effective Speech For Trump… This Is Working." "This a very effective speech for Trump. He is speaking to Hill Republicans, reassuring them he wants what they want. This is working" (John Bresahan, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

The Washington Post 's Philip Rucker: "Trump Is Giving A Muscular Speech" And Is "Passionate" About The Issues He Discussed. "Trump is giving a muscular speech. Passionate both about vetting/killing terrorists and economic renewal, from factory towns to coal mines." (Philip Rucker, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

The Wall Street Journal Columnist Kimberely Strassel: "This Is A Positive Speech, Inclusively Talking About American Goals And Values, And Setting Markers For Next Steps. Arguably Trump's Best." (Kimberely Strassel, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Daily Wire 's Ben Shapiro: "This Is The Best Speech Trump Has Ever Given." (Ben Shapiro, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

  • Shapiro: "Terrific Speech By Trump. Best Of His Career By A Long Shot." (Ben Shapiro, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

The Wall Street Journal Columnist Bret Stephens Said That President Trump Delivered "A Highly Effective Speech." "So far, a highly effective speech." (Bret Stephens, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Praise For President Trump's Strong Opening

New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Praised President Trump Beginning His Speech By Saying "We're United In Condemning Hate. Strong Way To Begin." "Trump begins by denouncing anti-Semitic vandalism and attack on Indian engineers. Says we're united in condemning hate. Strong way to begin." (Nicholas Kristof, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

The Washington Post 's Chris Cillizza: "This Is Trump At His Absolute Best So Far. VERY Nice Grace Note About Our Shared Humanity To Start Speech." (Chris Cillizza, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Bipartisan Praise

There Was "Bipartisan Applause From Both Sides Of The Aisle For An Infrastructure Program." "Bipartisan applause from both sides of the aisle for an infrastructure program" (Ben Jacobs, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

"Dozens Of [Democrats] Stood For Trump's Call For A Rebuilding Of The Nation." "Dozens of Dems stand for Trumps call for a rebuilding of the nation. They like that for sure #Jointsession" (Rachael Bade, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer Gave A "Standing Ovation After Trump's Infrastructure Line." " [email protected] gives standing ovation after Trump's infrastructure line. Pelosi, next to him, remains seated. " (Cristina Marcos, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Joe Manchin Gave President Trump A Standing Ovation When He Promised To Help Coal Miners. "Standing O from Joe Manchin at that 'coal miners' line from Trump" (Seung Min Kim, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Sens. Manchin, Tester, Donnelley, And Angus King Applauded When President Trump Touted Judge Gorsuch. "Manchin, Tester, Donnelly and Angus King all applauded when Trump touted Neil Gorsuch" (Manu Raju, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)

Democrats Were Brought "To Their Feet" When President Trump Discussed Paid Family Leave. "Paid family leave, an Ivanka ideal, brings Democrats to their feet." (Bob Costantini, Twitter Feed , 2/28/17)


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