February 9, 2018
State of the Union Viewing Party
By Alexandra di Cocco
Prior to the start of the address, Robbie Gramer, diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy provided opening remarks to set the stage for the speech and outline key themes he anticipated would be addressed in the speech. This year’s State of the Union served as an opportunity for the president to outline his legislative agenda and priorities for the year ahead. While North Korea and Iran were mentioned, the president’s foreign policy agenda was largely overshadowed by a focus on domestic and economic issues, including immigration, infrastructure development, and healthcare reform.