2018 State of the Union Address

Last night, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address. A milestone for each President, the first State of the Union Address is an opportunity to discuss the accomplishments of the previous year, areas for improvement, and celebrate special guests. The overall tone of Trump’s speech was optimism for the future:

“Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.”

President Trump highlighted his first year in office, pointing out improvements in unemployment and the economy, as well as successful advances in counterterrorism operations against groups such as ISIS. He also pointed out matters he seeks to improve in the next year, such as the opioid crisis, cracking down on gang activity, and working across the aisle to reach solutions to much-debated immigration issues. President Trump’s speech was one hour and twenty minutes, falling just nine minutes shy of the longest State of the Union Address in history.

The transcript of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address is available here. The video coverage as well as bios on the special guests, photographs, statistics, fact sheets, and excerpts from the speech are available here.