Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump reaches out in first state of union speech


President Donald Trump falsely claimed in a Thursday morning tweet that the 45.6 million people who tuned in to watch his first State of the Union address was the "highest number in history". But the figure Trump cites for Tuesday's viewership does not include streaming data, which is hard to measure.

The television audience was also smaller than the one for President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address in 2010, which had 48 million viewers.

"On Tuesday, Trump called for ending the visa lottery program, and therefore stopping our current practice of awarding green cards without consideration of skills or merit", it said. Obama had 42.8 million viewers in 2011 but failed to break the 40 million mark in all of the subsequent years of his presidency, with 31.1 million people watching his final State of the Union address in 2016. Still, Fox News' audience made it the highest-rated State of the Union address for an individual network in cable news history, Variety reported. The ratings do not include out-of-home viewership or live-streaming. The highest ever went to Bill Clinton in 1993 with approximately 66 million viewers.

A new interactive graphic in Axios breaks down what Trump talked about in both the SOTU address and a speech to Congress from past year.

A source close to the situation says that along with the complete interview, Daniels details many things about her time with Trump, such as "w$3 hat he's like in bed, pillow talk, she talks about what he's like down there..."

But the combined total, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET, outdrew Fox's NFC Championship football game on January 21 by about 3 million viewers.

"We are printing a list of supporters to give to President Donald J. Trump when he's done tonight, and we want your name to be on it. However, while citizens and green-card holders can petition for immediate family members, it's not feasible to admit an unlimited number of family members, according ABC News" fact check of the State of the Union address.

So far, Trump's plan hasn't identified any particular priority projects nor how much money would be devoted to one type of infrastructure compared to others.

The speech was relatively long, with notes of bipartisanship but many appeals to his base.

In his address, Trump pushed a hard line on immigration, insisting on a border wall and other concessions from Democrats, even as he urged lawmakers toward bipartisan compromises. "And this is nearly the conundrum of Donald Trump", Jake Tapper said on CNN afterward. The State of the Union happened and I think after it, a lot of people were expecting some sort of tweet that would step on that news cycle. "But it doesn't erase what has been his record".

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