Updated Jan 31, 2018

What Trump talked about in the State of the Union

Here's a look at the topics President Trump covered in his first State of the Union speech, and how it compared to his address to Congress last year.

Expand chart
Data: Analysis of the State of the Union and Joint Session speeches. Get the data.

The big picture: The president stuck mostly to prepared remarks in a speech that came in just over 75 minutes—about 15 minutes longer than last year's speech before a joint session of Congress. He took credit for tax reform and touched on issues of immigration, infrastructure spending and foreign policy.

On immigration: The president spoke at length about the need for immigration reform and used examples of violent crime, terrorism and threats to American jobs to make his case. Last year's speech referenced crime and economic security, but not as squarely in the context of immigration.

On infrastructure: He said he wants Congress to approve $1.5 trillion in public and private sector spending. Last year's speech called for $1 trillion.

On foreign policy: He made a hardline case for strengthening the military and modernizing the country's nuclear arsenal. He announced an executive order to keep the Guantanamo Bay prison open.

On the economy: The president trumpeted the historically-low unemployment rate and praised the tax cuts passed by Congress at the end of 2017.

About the data: We looked at the prepared text of this year's State of the Union and the delivered text of last year's joint session address and categorized the subject of each sentence. You can see the underlying data for this visualization here.

Go deeper

Updated 40 mins ago - Politics & Policy

U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The D.C. National Guard is being called to assist police with protests, per AP, as protests continue past the city's 11 p.m. curfew.

What's happening: Police fired tear gas into a crowd of over 1,000 people in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square across from the White House one hour before Sunday's 11 p.m. curfew, AP reports. Earlier in the night, protestors held a stand off in Lafayette Square, after previously breaking through a White House police barricade. A fire in the basement of the city's historic St. Johns Church was extinguished.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo outside the CNN Center during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protesters.

Driving the news: The violence got so bad over the weekend that on Sunday the Cleveland police said the media was not allowed downtown unless "they are inside their place of business" — drawing ire from news outlets around the country, who argued that such access is a critical part of adequately covering protests.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Tanker truck plows into Minneapolis protesters

The tanker after plowing into protesters on the shut-down bridge in Minneapolis on Sunday evening. Authorities said it appeared protesters escaped injury. Photo: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Minnesota authorities said in a statement they're investigating as a criminal matter what happened with a truck that "drove into demonstrators" on a Minneapolis bridge Sunday evening while the eight-lane road was closed for a protest.

What they're saying: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn't appear any protesters were hit by the truck."