Monday, February 27, 2017
THE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress
President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday night, and Republican insiders say he may not be in the mood to play nice.
Trump won election as the consummate outsider; his victory came in the face of considerable skepticism from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who often shrank from his flamboyant pronouncements and abrasive personal style.
Now, just over a month into his presidency, Trump is coming to Congress on a mission to ensure that his campaign promises become law.
“It’s easily the most important speech of his young presidency,” said Alex Conant, who worked on the presidential campaign of one of Trump’s 2016 GOP primary rivals, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. “So far, he has spoken a lot to his base but he has not spoken publicly to Congress, and he has put very little pressure on them.”
John Feehery, a Trump-supporting strategist and a former aide to Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, encouraged the president to take the fight to Congress.