"To every citizen watching at home tonight", Trump said, "no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time". Other important points that he made were to tell Americans that Guantanamo will indeed be staying open and that America will remain in Afghanistan until it wins the war. And he said Trump, whose overall approval ratings remain sluggish at best, should "stay above the fray" as he pursues the 2018 agenda that he articulated Tuesday night.
But Trump - returning from a daylong Twitter hiatus on Thursday morning - trumpeted the numbers as validation of the speech itself.
Republicans are currently in West Virginia for a retreat to discuss their upcoming policy agenda for the year.
Stylistically, Trump was, well, Trump. His message was one that called for strong, secure borders. Once viewed as a major issue, it appears Americans have become so accustomed to deficit finance that nobody even notices anymore.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request to explain the president's claim.
Nationally: In a rare move, the FBI issued a statement Wednesday that warned about inaccuracies and omissions in a memo President Donald Trump is pushing to release.
He began by talking about American heroes who responded to natural disasters and shootings, followed by a recounting of the strength of the economy.
In addition to praising the individual mandate repeal, Trump said in the speech that reducing the rising costs of drugs is one of his administration's "greatest priorities". She talked to Amy Scott, giving some context around the White House's drive to deregulate. Bernie Sanders response, the socialist response, the Rep. Maxine Waters response and the celebrity response. I mean, some regulations, like some technology or other changes in the world, will definitely mean certain companies will close down or lay off workers, and that will be really painful for those people who are affected. Wages are rising and small business confidence is higher than it's been in a long time. Here, they're all overlaid.
With that said, I have noticed fewer crazy tweets from the president in the past couple of weeks.
Both the Congress and American society stand deeply divided under Trump.