Media left and right give Trump's speech thumbs up

President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress exceeded expectations among the pundit class on Tuesday night. 

CBS's Gayle King felt Trump's speech was authentic. 


Fox News's Chris Wallace echoed King's sentiment.

"I thought it was by far the best speech I've ever heard Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE give," he said. "It was one of the best speeches in that setting I've ever heard any president give."  

Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Kirsten Powers echoed Wallace's sentiments, calling it Trump’s “best speech” ever.  

"Best speech @realDonaldTrump has ever given," wrote Powers, a former Fox News contributor. 



MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said the speech would be "well-received."

"This will be a very well-received speech for Donald Turmp," remarked Maddow, the network's highest-rated host. "I think it's fair to say it's a product of expectations that he's not seen as somebody who necessarily gives a good formal speech."

But Maddow's analysis wasn't all positive. 

"It will be a notable thing that the president spent a big portion of what was in effect a State of the Union telling the country what vicious, murdering criminals immigrants are," Maddow said. 

Media analysts estimate 40 million to 45 million people watched Trump's address Tuesday night.