Karl Rove: SOTU is Trump’s chance for the optimism he lacked at inauguration
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Republican strategist Karl Rove on Sunday framed Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a chance for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE to strike a more optimistic note than he did in his inaugural address.

“I think he’s got to be very careful about it appearing to be too self-congratulatory. This is a moment to compliment the American people and to compliment the Congress for their cooperation with him on tax reform and regulatory relief,” Rove said on “Fox News Sunday.”


“This is a moment where he can reset, but the reset depends upon him following through in the weeks and months ahead,” Rove added.

Trump will deliver his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday, and is expected to focus heavily on the state of the economy under his administration. In particular, he is likely to focus on a tax-cut bill that passed both chambers of Congress last month without a single Democratic vote.

Rove said Trump should use the country’s optimism on the economy to give a more optimistic speech.

He also acknowledged the president has previously gotten into Twitter arguments following past successful remarks, and said Trump’s performance on Tuesday will be judged in part by how he responds in the days that follow the speech.