The State of the Union address is an annual speech that allows the President of the United States to outline their legislative agenda and national priorities.
However, on Tuesday, January 30th, President Trump delivered his first speech which has since received a wave of backlash for announcing a less-than-truthful economic report.
President Trump stated that “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there have been approximately 1.8 million jobs created since January 2017, making last year the slowest gain in jobs since 2010.
Trump then proceeded to take credit for progress made prior to his presidency, stating that, “after years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.” Realistically, wages have been on an upward spiral since 2014, and in fact, their growth slowed during the first year of Trump’s presidency.
According to Trump, “Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.” Danielle Kurtzleben, a political reporter for the National Public Radio, reports that the benefits in the tax bill go to major corporations and the wealthy, while the lower- and middle-class Americans would have higher taxes in a decade from now.
Despite Trump’s inaccurate economic report of the nation, some Americans were pleased with his praise for the American heroes who “remind us who we are, and show us what we can be.”
The one truth we can take away from President Trump’s address the long overdue acknowledgment to all Americans because, as Trump said in the very beginning “the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.”