(NBC News) President Donald Trump made his first address to Congress Tuesday night.
During the address, President Trump defended controversial policies pushed by his administration and optimistically outlined a bold agenda highlighted by immigration reform, an expansive infrastructure program and reform of the nation’s health care system.
While Trump advocated many of the hot button issues he championed during the 2016 presidential campaign, he also struck a more conciliatory tone than the bombastic new president has done since entering the White House.
The bipartisan tone was especially apparent in the hour-long address on the issue of immigration. “I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades,” Trump said in a speech that stuck closely to the prepared script.
In a conversation with TV anchors earlier in the day, Trump signaled a willingness to make a potentially seismic shift in his immigration policy by saying the “time is right” for a bipartisan immigration bill that could include a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes and said individuals seeking legal status would not need to leave the country first.