Trump’s Address to Congress Draws Praise, Pushback From Asian-American Leaders

President Donald Trump sought to strike an optimistic, more conciliatory tone in his first joint session speech before Congress Tuesday night, a move that received positive reactions from some Asian-American Republicans and skepticism from some Democrats.

Trump spoke for one hour and touched on a range of issues important to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, including immigration and health care reform, as well as education and law and order.

At the beginning of his speech, the president addressed the shooting of three men in a Kansas bar last week, which the FBI said Tuesday it was investigating as a hate crime. Two of the victims are Indian, one of whom died. The gunman allegedly shouted “get out of my country” before opening fire, witnesses said.

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