President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, with themes centered on economic revival, tax cuts, and immigration reform.
President Trump touted efforts to help veterans, the auto industry, to combat drug abuse, and to reconsider certain details of the previous administration's nuclear arms deal with Iran.
The highly watched speech was not without controversy, as some members of Congress refused to attend while at least one representative even left during the address in protest.
Here are seven reactions to Trump's first State of the Union. They include critiques over his statements on immigration, a call to unity, and what viewers thought of the event.
Republican Representative Doug Collins of Georgia said in a statement posted Tuesday that Trump's administration is showing the nation "what it looks like when promises are kept."
"Our president promised to put conservative judges on the bench, and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination began a new season of impressive court appointments. Our president promised to cut needless regulations that have handicapped American businesses and families, and we've seen more than 20 regulations cut for every new one introduced," stated Rep. Collins.
"Our president promised to cut taxes and create jobs, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has led to a stunning wave of investment in America's workforce and to the simplification of an oppressive tax code. Each day brings me more stories of how our unified government led by a dynamic president is fulfilling the hopes of people in northeast Georgia — and unlocking the door to more of their dreams."
Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy for World Relief, took issue with Trump's plan to end what is called "chain migration."
"Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children," stated Trump in the State of the Union.
"In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration. In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can just no longer afford"
In response to the president's claims, Yang posted to Twitter on Tuesday evening that the idea of chain migration is "a myth."
"On average, an immigrant sponsors 3.5 family members, which INCLUDES spouses and children. If we're a pro-family country, we should reunite immigrant families quickly, not cut back family-based #immigration," tweeted Yang with a link to National Immigration Forum's fact sheet on family-based immigration.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement Tuesday that he believed Trump's State of the Union "opened the door even wider to policies that make America a good and prosperous nation."
"Yes, a lot changed during the Obama years. America went from being a zealous advocate of religious freedom and human rights for all people, to being a promoter of special rights for a few," stated Perkins.
"But tonight's speech is another reminder that times are changing back again. America now has the ability to promote and protect religious freedom both here and abroad."
Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez of Illinois garnered headlines for walking out of the State of the Union during a "USA!" chant.
In a statement released soon after, Rep. Gutierrez argued that Trump's speech and presidency are racist in nature and that the president has done nothing to help immigrants and Latinos.
"I was hoping for some sort of apology on Puerto Rico, but I heard nothing. Puerto Rico is a metaphor for how this president sees all Latinos and people of color: he does not see us as his equals and he does not see us as fellow human beings," stated Gutierrez.
"If you look at how the President has treated Puerto Rico, you have to conclude that he just doesn't care and probably thinks of Puerto Rico as just another s---hole country."
Nick Gillespie, libertarian journalist and current editor-in-chief of Reason TV, which is connected to Reason Magazine, took issue with the immigration-crime link made by the president.
"Tonight, I am calling on Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminal gangs, to break into our country," stated Trump during the State of the Union.
"We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws and support our ICE and Border Patrol agents — these are great people; these are great, great people — that work so hard in the midst of such danger so that this can never happen again."
Gillespie tweeted a link to a 2017 study by the DC-based group The Sentencing Project, which concluded that immigrants have a lower crime rate than native-born Americans.
"If you want to lower crime rates, allow MORE immigration," noted Gillespie in his Tuesday evening Twitter post.
The Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, released a statement in response to the State of the Union calling for unity.
"There has been far too much finger pointing and 'gotcha politics' being played in Washington in recent times. The schoolyard routine of racing to be the first to accuse the other side of wrongdoing, will never solve our problems," stated Rodriguez.
"We must work together, Democrats and Republicans, independents and Libertarians, the Green Party and the Tea Party, to care for the both Dreaming child and the unborn; for the addict and the inmate; for the alien on our shores and the native-born forgotten man and woman."
Three-quarters of the viewers for Trump's first State of the Union speech approved of his message, according to a CBS News Poll released late Tuesday evening.
"Eight in 10 Americans who watched tonight felt that the president was trying to unite the country, rather than divide it," noted CBS.
"Two-thirds said the speech made them feel proud, though just a third said it made them feel safer. Fewer said the speech made them feel angry or scared."
Despite the positive feedback, many have cautioned that the high approval will likely not have a long term benefit for the Trump administration.
Jon Favreau, speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, tweeted on Wednesday morning that President Obama's 2010 State of the Union polled better yet did little for the previous administration.
"It did nothing for Obama's approval rating and we went on to lose 63 seats and the House in November. These. Polls. Don't. Matter," tweeted Favreau.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, explained that viewership for State of the Unions tend to skew towards supporters.
"Every #SOTU is watched disproportionately by the president's party, but given the content of this one (freezers full of red meat for the Trump & GOP base), I'll bet this audience is even more one-sided than usual, maybe a record," stated Sabato on Twitter.