Trump declares it's 'time to join forces' to fix US problems

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  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 3, 2017 6:14 a.m.


    If the media reported of a Martian attack, some people would believe it.

    That's how crazy for some folks believing Putin caused Hillary to lose.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 2, 2017 12:20 p.m.

    Hey Utah Blue Devil –

    RE: “But I am asking that we do the right thing for the country... even if that means working side by side with someone you don't agree with.”

    Putin worked to put Trump in office, because he sought to advance the power of Russia at the EXPENSE of the United States. Our goal should be to limit the DAMAGE the alliance of Trump, the Russians, and the Republicans can do to this nation.

    Hey Rockarolla –

    “ . . . he has offered more hope than the last 4 presidents have done combined!!!”

    Cheats, thieves, con artists, and frauds offer hope to the hopelessly undiscerning. Have you ever wondered why Utah leads the nation in affinity fraud?

    Hey Scrappy Do –

    RE: “Great Speech.”

    Well yes . . . For Trump, but not for anyone else. You have to grade on a curve to call it a “Great Speech.”

    It was still filled with untruths, lies, mistakes, misstatements, exaggerations, whatever you want to call them. And any one of those claims, if uttered by Obama, would have dogged him through the AM airwaves forever. But for Trump, yes it was a “Great Speech.”

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 1, 2017 11:05 p.m.

    Trump didn't cause the twenty trillion dollar debt, the large number of folks on government assistance, the horrific healthcare situation, or dishonest media.

    Crazy, but some folks would destroy our country, just to see Trump fail.

    Give Mr Trump the chance, and he will restore prosperity.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 1, 2017 1:50 p.m.

    @ Vermonter

    Thank you for answering to my question. I sincerely appreciate it.

    You wrote:
    " These Rust Belt union families have voted Democrat since the days of FDR. But, they realized that the Democratic Party of 2016 no longer has their backs, and decided to go rogue with Trump. The Republican Party is now merely exercising political pragmatism."

    I partially agree with you. I think the Democratic Party should have demonstrated more support and have been much more aggressive in protecting workers . Going rogue on Trump I think is the under statement of the year. I think Mr. Trump doesn't follow a specific ideology. Therefore, he is unpredictable. In addition his emotional temperament is a liability to all.
    About the Republicans and Political Pragmatism. I think you are too polite,The Republican party received an unexpected gift on November 8. I hope that now they are able to show the political and administrative responsibility that they didn't display with President Obama.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    March 1, 2017 12:34 p.m.

    As a conservative, I generally like the Trump agenda. However, the pro-tariff stuff concerns me. Why are Republican leaders getting behind Trump on this? Well, for one, he is their president. But, much more importantly, most states in the Rust Belt are now governed by Republican Governors and Republican legislatures. Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin put Trump in the White House due to his promise to protect their jobs and bring back their jobs. These Rust Belt union families have voted Democrat since the days of FDR. But, they realized that the Democratic Party of 2016 no longer has their backs, and decided to go rogue with Trump. The Republican Party is now merely exercising political pragmatism.

    I am dubious of the pro-tariff movement. But, as long as it is only used on a targeted and surgical basis, it might be good for the US and world economy. However, Republicans and economists and those Rust Belt union families might be wise to remember that the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs were a major contributor to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • BlueMoonOden Wilmette, IL
    March 1, 2017 11:25 a.m.

    Openness and honesty? LOL. Do you think Obama and the Democrats were open and honest the last eight years? I would trust Trump over Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of the hysterical liberals and socialists who lied constantly the last decade and encouraged people to be ashamed and apologetic of America.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 1, 2017 11:24 a.m.

    @at long last. . . - Kirksville , MO
    March 1, 2017 11:02 a.m.

    LDS Liberal's declaration that he will never work with Trump is an example of what can be expected from the Dems. They are not interested in what might be good for the country - just what benefits the Dems party.


    1. You forgot the entire Republican Party of the last 8 years - including a Government Shutdown and 1 entire year without a Supreme Court Justice.

    2. I am not a Democrat. I voted for Republicans the last 2 elections [ just not

    3. I will support ONLY those who are defending the Constitution -- anyone attacking or trampling it is to be considered the enemy, per the Constitution.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 1, 2017 11:21 a.m.

    Great speech!! Great leader!!! Finally!!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 1, 2017 11:21 a.m.

    Fix Problems? Well that depends on who you ask.

    For Conservatives and Libertarians:
    *cut taxes to create jobs in America
    *create tariff to stop overseas gouging and incent companies to build in America
    *build a wall to control illegal immigration
    *rebuilt our depleted military so we can once again be a deterant to the bad guys
    *repeal and replace Obamacare
    *remove job killing regulations
    *removed energy killing regulations
    *remove PC bathroom laws
    *halt the attack against Christians
    *reestablish our Israel friendship
    *Kill ISIS
    *obey the law -- remove all federal dollars from sancutary cities
    *appoint conservative justices to the SC.

    For the far left:
    return to Obama's agenda (the one the people rejected Nov 7)

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 1, 2017 11:19 a.m.

    About the delivery of the speech.
    It was a mediocre delivery but a great improvement for Mr. Trump. Of course, as a good salesman he saw the emotion of the widow and exploited it to the max, tacky!

    Substance of the speech:
    A series of generalizations with no much substance. Few specifics. He wants to spend more money in defense, even though we spend more money in defense than the next 12 larger countries combined. Paranoia perhaps, or simply a way to enrich our friends?

    I am somewhat confused with my Republican political leaders. The Republicans are the party of free commerce and international trade. They were the force behind President Clinton to pass NAFTA. Republicans in Congress were the ones who were behind the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. Now they are supporting the most protectionist POTUS in modern history.
    I would sincerely appreciate an explanation.

    Well, the speech was vague and nothing more than smoke and mirrors but more positive than his inaugural address. I guess, we have to wait and see.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 1, 2017 11:02 a.m.

    LDS Liberal's declaration that he will never work with Trump is an example of what can be expected from the Dems. They are not interested in what might be good for the country - just what benefits the Dems party. Time for the Reps to ram through everything they can, because there will be no cooperation for anything. Democrats are only ideologues (like LDS liberal), and not really interested in any compromise, so forget attempting to work with them. It isn't happening.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2017 10:36 a.m.

    Block, disrupt, protest and sabotage anything without regard to merit in the name of partisan politics. We a new party of No.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 1, 2017 10:27 a.m.

    Bashear didn't "retire;" he was unable to run again for gov in 2015 due to term limits. A GOP is the Kentucky governor.

    As for age, I thought the dems were the party of the young. It is your selling point, not mine. I'm fine with Trump's age. Thanks for your concern.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    March 1, 2017 10:18 a.m.

    Yes sir honorable Esquire

    "Where was the call to work together from 2009 to 2017?"

    That's right Obama said republicans can go to the back of the bus, when they bring a knife we bring a gun. We need to punish the opposition. And many other comments about not working together. Why was it Obama didn't call for working together? Because he did not want to work together. Thank you for pointing out the major difference between the two.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2017 9:17 a.m.

    How many times in the past have we heard obvious lies coming from this man?

    Is it unreasonable to be very wary of anything he said last night?

    We still need a complete and independent investigation of ties to Russia and China. We need to shine light on his many business dealings and potential conflicts of interest.

    We need openness and honesty in our presidency.

    Only time will tell if we have it.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    March 1, 2017 9:14 a.m.

    @yuge opportunity

    The former governor from Kentuvky is retired snd Trump is just beginning. Do you remember that Trump is 70? I believe he's the oldest president elected so far. Sounds to me like your argument is faulty.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 1, 2017 8:54 a.m.

    Where was the call to work together from 2009 to 2017? Hypocritical, would you not say?

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    March 1, 2017 7:54 a.m.

    Sounded like another campaign speech, short on details, big on self aggrandizement.

    Wish they could put a dollar sign next to each one of his pipe dreams, he kept saying lower, lower, lower, but someone has to pay for his expensive plan?

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    March 1, 2017 7:55 a.m.

    @Utah Blue Devil.
    I largely agree with your post regarding immigration.

    Trump will "build the wall." Symbolically, his supporter will love it. Symbolically, Democrats and Mexicans will hate it. But, in reality it will simply be reinforcing the border and controlling and securing it. It's all relative, though. It will not be 100% secure. But, it will be a lot better than what we have now.

    Trump is also about detaining and deporting (if possible) undocumented felons. I'm not sure who can reasonably disagree with this general policy.

    Lastly, Trump wants to grant legal status to the remaining undocumented among us. Call it amnesty if you want. But, this will not and should not be citizenship. The vast majority of undocumented aren't asking for citizenship anyway. They just "want a better life"--which really means permanent resident status in the US.

    If Republicans and Democrats don't get immigration reform done, the American voter will decide who is to blame in 2018. Don't think most Americans will blame Trump. Trump has laid out the blueprint. And it seems pretty reasonable to most Americans.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 1, 2017 7:45 a.m.

    By and large, and almost strangely, trump managed to avoid celebrating his favourite part of Festivus, which is the airing of the grievances. He did manage to sneak in a few references to his favourite person, himself, a bit too often.
    As for whether he is now a real president and leader of us all with a vision that will improve America somehow (it's already great), I reserve judgement. I remember the last 40 days. And the year and a half preceding that. He's still on about the wall. He's still trying to tell us the retired are to be counted as unemployed. He's got a lot to make up for.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 1, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    You wrote: "Bevy of speech writers..."

    Dish, my friend. Who were they?

    I was curios about the topic myself and all I could find was that NPR thought it was Steve Miller.

    So, please enlighten the rest of us. And we'd like to know your source as well.

    Or were you just making it up as you went along? That's how fake news gets started, you know.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    March 1, 2017 7:33 a.m.

    I do hope you stayed tuned in for the democratic response. Steve Bashear is 72 years old (what is it with the geriatric leaders of the democrats?) who doesn't even hold office. He WAS governor of Kentucky.

    FYI, Kentucky voted for Trump 62% vs Hillary's 33%.

    The backdrop was a diner in Kentucky, "400 miles away from Washington." Not a hijab in sight, or even a person of color in Bashear's audience. Just a group of rednecks sitting at red Formica tables.

    I couldn't help thinking of Carville's remarks about dragging a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park.

    Bashear sort of reminded me of Jimmy Carter as he gave a folksy plea to keep Obamacare and just tweak it a bit.

    The optic take-away was that the democrats still love old whit males in fly-over land, even though they own guns and go to church on Sunday.

    Will voters buy this snow job?

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 1, 2017 7:20 a.m.

    I continue to hear, "There's a great deal to be fearful about. "'Others' are scary."

    I resent being manipulated by fear. R's and D's both do it, but I lean liberal so I'm particularly turned off by the "solutions" conservatives tend to prefer to allay their fears. "Lock us up behind high walls heavily defended by overwhelming power and THEN we'll feel safe," they seem to say. Ugh. Like death to human ingenuity, creativity, and all things that separate us from our tribal ancestors.

    Would it be okay to not dome the whole thing so we can at least see the sky?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 1, 2017 7:17 a.m.

    Demos still haven't figured out why they lost both houses of congress, the white house and a phletora of governorships! 10 democrat senators are up for re-election from states that Trump won! I bet they are really, really nervous! Trump handed the Democrats another defeat last night and they know it! God bless President Trump! God bless the United States of America!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 1, 2017 6:51 a.m.

    Trump declares it's 'time to join forces' to fix US problems


    coming from the greatest Divider-in-Chief....

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 1, 2017 6:09 a.m.

    I have huge issues with statements like "never Trump".

    There are times when you need to work with people you don't like, don't trust, wouldn't let date your sister, in order to do a greater good. Many times through out history, we as a nation have locked arms with even dictators, to promote a greater good. We didn't need to like Stalin to see partnering with Russia was the only way to stop the Nazi onslaught.

    There are times when you have to acknowledge when doing the right thing means you work with people you don't approve of. It is not an endorsement of that person. Nor is it a validation of their values. But for example coming together to find the right compromise to fix the issues we have with health care delivery in this nation is worth at least coming to the table with Trump.

    Not asking you to like him. I don't. But I am asking that we do the right thing for the country... even if that means working side by side with someone you don't agree with.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 1, 2017 4:09 a.m.

    Putin could not have done a better job.

  • IceCreamGhost Sandy, UT
    March 1, 2017 2:22 a.m.

    That went better than expected.

    I still am very wary of having an out-of-touch millionaire as a president. Saying "who knew health care could be so complicated" shows that he has never once had to worry about being able to afford his insurance deductibles, rocketing premiums or watch your yearly annual increase evaporate into health cares rising prices. HE HAS NO IDEA.

    Whatever the health care plan is in the future, the congress and the Senate should have to buy into it. They need some skin in the game to take it seriously.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2017 1:12 a.m.

    "I think that anyone who saw President Trumps speech tonight and didn't agree with what he was saying must be very out of touch with what's wrong in this country. In a speech just about a month or so after he took office he has offered more hope than the last 4 presidents have done combined!!! "

    Offered more hope? His approval rating is around 50-50 at best (it's a bit below that in the RCP average), compared to Obama who was at 60-30 a month into his presidency and ended his presidency with a +15 net approval rating (it turns out seeing what was coming in made people fonder of what they had).

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    March 1, 2017 12:24 a.m.

    Look for members of the Democratic Party to join forces with the re-Publican Reality Show Host exactly the same way re-Publicans joined forces with President Obama.

    C'est la vie.

  • BlueMoonOden Wilmette, IL
    Feb. 28, 2017 11:07 p.m.

    It was a good speech and in particular his recognition of the fallen Navy Seal. I liked that Trump made a reference to the Bible. You never would have heard that from Pelosi and the Dems, who were just sizzling. They just can't deal with the fact they are out of power after eight years. Regardless of how you feel about Trump it is a relief the politically correct left wingers are finally on the sidelines.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Feb. 28, 2017 10:25 p.m.

    This will be difficult, since Trump must work with those who caused the problems.

    A twenty trillion dollar debt didn't happen by accident! It was caused.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 10:22 p.m.

    A lot to fit in between all that golf and tweeting.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 10:07 p.m.

    The country does need to come together. The Republican Party is supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility.With all that was promised in his speech it is difficult to see how that is the case. Trump also needs to do his part by cutting down on the costs of protecting his family at their multitude of residences and unending travel. He is a billionaire and they are millionaires. Talk of draining the swamp sounds great. But, he is filling it with more billionaires. How is that draining the swamp?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 10:03 p.m.

    Bevy of speech writers did a great job. Most presidential he has acted since he started his campaign for office. But, nowhere in his speech did he say how he was going to pay for all the things he promised. Massive corporate tax cuts and big tax cuts for the middle class will be paid for how? Giving the military another 54 billion on top of the FY 2017 budget of $582.7 billion they already have. How is that going to be paid for? Massive infrastructure rebuilding. How is that going to be paid for? Obamacare a disaster as Hatch too continues to say as well is to prepare people for a health care plan that will likely be worse. Where has Hatch been the past 7 yr. Republicans were complaining about Obamacare? Where was their replacement plan? Had 7 yrs. to come up with one. 37% cut to the State Dept. who leads the country and advises the president on foreign policy issues, negotiates treaties and agreements, represents the United States at the U.N. and many other critical responsibilities. Even many military generals do not believe that is a good idea just to feed the war military economy we have created the past 15 yrs. Pres. Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation about after WWII.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 10:00 p.m.

    If you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then you have heard of the 13 Articles of Faith that guide the church and its members. Well, #12 states: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." It does NOT say "we believe in being subject to presidents, but only if we like them."

    Sometimes, we say we believe and trust in God, but then act like we have lost our faith. Donald Trump and his appointees will be held accountable for what they do, AND SO WILL WE! We all pledge allegiance, but then some have forgotten that a house divided against its self cannot stand. And if our "house" (government) falls, we all go down together. We can point fingers all we want, but what does that accomplish? What we need is people willing to "Put your (our) shoulders to the wheel" in worthy endeavors. We may not agree on every thing, people seldom do, but we can find ways to help. Just get involved.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 10:00 p.m.

    Trump declares it's 'time to join forces' to fix US problems


    NEVER Trump...

    I will not join forces with an Anti-Christ who trashes the Constitution of the United States...

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 9:49 p.m.

    Better speech than I thought he would give. I didn't agree with some of it, and how all of his proposals only heaven knows, because Trump doesn't.

    As for the widow of Navy Seal Ryan, it was a wonderful moment. Bless her and her family.

    I hope this speech signals a change toward more decorum by our presidents (Trump AND Bannon) but I predict that Twitter will win out soon enough and we'll be back to same old same old.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 9:31 p.m.

    George Wasington couldnt inspire Al Frankin and Nancy who cares what theses shallow socialists think. Small minds can never escape their predictable pc talking points. We can do this without them ...or in spite of them better said. Here is a question..what is Al and Nancys solutions? Anyone? Norhing. Exactly why democrats keep losing.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 9:27 p.m.

    I think that anyone who saw President Trumps speech tonight and didn't agree with what he was saying must be very out of touch with what's wrong in this country. In a speech just about a month or so after he took office he has offered more hope than the last 4 presidents have done combined!!! To GaryO in Virginia, I'm wondering if you listened at all to the speech. It's guys like you who really don't care what this President says, you just don't like him.

    Tonight President Trump made President Obama look like an amateur. I'm glad he toned down the name calling as well but he was right on the mark when he pointed out what a disaster Obama Care is and how the Obama administration is responsible for more debt to our country than all of the past presidents combined. Sure it wasn't all Obamas fault, but he and his democratic cronies did nothing to stop it. Obama let it grow to 22 trillion and that is criminal.
    Trump hit the nail on the head tonight and I hope he gets his programs in place so that we can grow as a nation.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 9:25 p.m.

    "Don't be fooled by Trump's ridiculous platitudes".

    Don't worry, Gary. Trump's platitudes and showmanship won't fool us anymore than Obama's did. We'll watch with measured optimism, like we did with Obama where we watched and waited...watched and waited some more, as our measured optimism became righteous pessimism. In Obama we finally had a president who could unite and strengthen us across racial, cultural, and ethnic lines. Instead he embraced division and introduced more vitriol and hatred across those lines. What a shame.

    You liberals still haven't figured out why Trump won have you? I'm not a registered Republican, and I didn't vote for Trump. But the American People were tired of the lies and corruption of career politicians and the Washington machine that cared more for its infrastructure and job security than that of the American people. HRC represented that machine and corruption, and she lost because of it. It's time to get over it, and have some measured optimism...because the alternative isn't what America wants or needs.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 8:55 p.m.

    Hey, one truth out of five isn't all that bad. He will eventually get better with proper training........right?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 28, 2017 8:44 p.m.

    Hey Tolstoy -

    RE: " overall a much more presedential and dignified speech then he has ever given. Well done."

    The way he exploited the grieving widow of the slain Navy Seal was VINTAGE Trump.

    I knew Trump would show his true colors.

    First Trump sends the Seals out on an ill-conceived mission that ends in dismal failure ("It was a highly successful raid." - Donald Trump), and then he saw fit to exploit the grieving widow to aggrandize himself.

    That's our illegitimate President folks.

    It's no wonder our greatest geopolitical foe wants Trump and the Republicans in power here.

    Their cumulative "successes" could well make Russia a dominant world power again, at America's expense of course.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 28, 2017 8:41 p.m.

    "Trump sent unexpectedly mixed messages on immigration, one of his signature campaign issues."

    There are many things I don't like about Trump, but one thing I do appreciate is Trump sheds conventional partisan thinking that changing your opinion, or modifying your stance on an issue, is a bad thing. The fact the Trump is not proposing a path to citizenship, but to legal status for millions of immigrants that currently work here in the states is a great example of this. There will not be 11 million immigrants loaded up on buses and shipped out.

    Now this will probably drive his hard core right wing supporters made, but that is fine. They have no other options but to support him regardless of his shifts, like this on immigration, and on "locking Hillary up". While Trump may be one of America's most illiterate Presidents ever, he is showing he can also bring some of the pragmatism that made him success in some of his business to his job in the White House.

    I hope Trump surprises me and many others as he seeks pragmatic solutions to healthcare and immigration.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 8:16 p.m.

    Strongly disagree with many of his policies but overall a much more presedential and dignified speech then he has ever given. Well done.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 7:46 p.m.

    Great speech
    Great ideas.. If only the bumbling republicans in congress can get their act together and produce .... They probably don't realize that if they don't get it done it will be on them, not Trump... And they will pay dearly

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 28, 2017 7:13 p.m.

    "But Trump's Tuesday night address was unlikely to offer anxious lawmakers specific guidelines for tackling the complicated legislative priorities that have divided his own Republican Party."

    Of course not! Trump knows nothing of the specifics. He's a big idea guy. The frauds he perpetrates have never required any knowledge, on his part, of specifics.

    Trump is all about sweeping generalizations. He can't grasp the details.

    "Nobody knew health care could be complicated." - Donald Trump

    Obviously Congressional Republicans didn't know.

    They've never tried to build anything of value. Their specialty is destroying. Their skill sets are more suitable for vandalizing our government.

    The same is true for many of Trump's advisers. Steve Bannon focuses on "the deconstruction of the administrative state."

    "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too." - Steve Bannon

    We can expect our nation, our government, and the Constitution to be continually attacked. But we cannot reasonably expect anything good to come from this administration.

    Don't be fooled by Trump's ridiculous platitudes.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 6:27 p.m.

    Words are easy. Reading from a teleprompter is easy. I'm looking for substance and action to back up the words. Without those, we've just got more of the same--tweeting and bloviating. I'm still hoping he can pull this off and that he lays my fears about him to rest, but I just don't see him sustaining any positive change in himself.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 6:20 p.m.

    He's supposed to be trying to be 'uplifting and unifying' in this speech, instead of his usual dystopian, angry and dark.
    It's going to be interesting to see if he can paste that smile on.