United States President Donald Trump’s maiden address to Congress was much more “presidential” than his usual pronouncements, and was likely a bid to show that he can reach out across political boundaries, an analyst said Thursday.
ANC resident political analyst Richard Heydarian said the public saw a different Trump when he addressed the US Congress, as the Republican leader hailed a "new national pride" and urged lawmakers to rally behind his economic plans.
“So now, we are seeing a different Trump—a Trump that is apparently paying attention and willing to read and listen to his staff and aides. I think they really want to make a point that Trump can transform, Trump can be presidential, and he can reach out across the political bridge and try to bring the Democrats,”
Heydarian said on ANC’s “Early Edition.”
Heydarian said the speech, which mentioned a lot of personal experiences of Americans, was a “very strategic” move for Trump to expand his base, given the widespread criticism of his policies.
“He has very low approval ratings so that’s not gonna help you in terms of your mandate, so this speech was really important for him to expand his base,” Heydarian said.
He added that Trump may have already come to the realization that being president is far different from being a company CEO after seeing the protests sparked by his immigration ban.
Heydarian, however, admitted that the speech may just be a one-time show of Trump’s softer side, and emphasized the need for a follow-through to appease more Americans.
“This could be just be a one-off speech and he could very much go back to the usual Trump that we’re familiar with,” he said.
Though not the most eloquent speech, Heydarian said Trump’s recent performance is already an improvement compared to his inaugural address.
“By normal yardstick, that was not still the best speech that you could hear. That was not the most articulate or eloquent speech but by Trump standards, that is an improvement,” he said.