King: Trump Should 'Resist The Urge To Jab' Opponents In State Of The Union Address

Jan 30, 2018

U.S. Sen. Angus King says when President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, he has an opportunity to make history. 

Speaking as part of a Washington Post preview on the State of the Union, the Maine independent said the president could lay the groundwork for compromises around several key policy issues. 

But King said Trump must resist the urge to take jabs at his opponents. “People go into these things wanting be to feel uplifted, and positive. And if he can do that and resist the urge to jab people, I think it will be successful.”

For example, if Trump can move forward on a bipartisan compromise on immigration he could earn a place in the history books, King said, as President Nixon did when he opened relations with China.

“He could be Nixon to China on immigration. He has an opportunity to do something other presidents have failed to do. And if he seizes that opportunity, I think it will be very good for him politically and we will solve some problems that have been nagging us for years.”