Capitol_flagOn February 28, 2017, his 40th day in office, President Donald J. Trump made his first appearance before a joint session of Congress. In his speech, he set forth his vision for what he expects to accomplish in the next 40 days and beyond.

The first time a newly elected president makes such a speech, it comes with all the trappings of a State of the Union Address, even though it formally does not qualify as one since the president has not been in office for a year and thus cannot look back, as envisioned in Article 2, Section 3, of the Constitution, to “give to Congress information of the State of the Union.” But President Trump could and did look forward to “recommend for their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

In our post-address analysis, we specifically focused on four priorities discussed in the address: health care policy, immigration reform, tax policy and transportation and infrastructure.