What Trump didn't say in his State of the Union address

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE touted a robust economy and laid out an ambitious agenda in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, an 80-minute marathon jammed with policy proposals that will be difficult to achieve in a bitterly divided Congress.

Trump’s wish list included a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, immigration reform and new powers to promote or fire federal workers.

But just as notable was what Trump didn’t say — and what that says about an inexperienced but emboldened politician still learning the trappings of his new office. 

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Here are eight big things that were missing from Trump’s address on Tuesday. 

Details

Trump outlined the four pillars of an immigration reform package he said should satisfy, or at least mollify, both parties — including a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, a wall along the southern border, the repeal of a visa lottery program and an end to so-called chain migration.

But beyond immigration, a president who has made clear his disinterest in policy minutiae offered few details. State of the Union addresses are rarely the venue for detailed policy outlines, though Trump’s address stood out for a lack of specificity.

He declared the opioid epidemic “terrible,” without offering a plan to stem the tens of thousands of deaths caused by drug overdoses every year. He called for paid family leave, a favorite subject of his daughter and senior advisor Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? MORE, without detailing how or what that program would look like.

Most notably, Trump asked Congress to pass a bill to generate $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investments. He said federal money should be bolstered by public-private partnerships, though he offered scant details about how Congress should pay for the bill.

Debt and Deficits

The Republican Party spent the Obama years focused on fiscal prudence and discipline, harshly criticizing Democrats for spending far too much on everything from a stimulus package in the depths of a recession to the Affordable Care Act.

Today, Republicans in Congress seem far less interested in the nation’s red ink. Trump himself did not use the word “debt” during his address, nor did he lay out how he would pay for the massive infrastructure spending plan. The tax-reform package Congress passed last year will only add to the bills future generations must pay off.

For the fiscally conservative GOP, the era of big deficits appears to be back.

The Affordable Care Act

Trump came to office pledging to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, his predecessor’s signature domestic policy achievement. But after a year in which the GOP failed to advance a repeal measure, or even agree on a replacement, ObamaCare barely received a mention.

“We repealed the core of disastrous ObamaCare,” Trump declared. “The individual mandate is now gone.”

Beyond the defunct mandate to have insurance, which Republicans repealed in their tax bill, Trump did not mention the Affordable Care Act. Pointedly, he did not call on Congress to try again to repeal it.

That shouldn’t be a surprise: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) said in December the upper chamber would “probably move on” from its efforts to roll back the health-care law.

Attacks on the election system, and the FBI

A year after the American intelligence community concluded that Russian actors tried to influence the 2016 presidential election — and tried to hack into voting systems in nearly two dozen states — Trump did not mention the cyberattacks.

He did mention Russia, once: “Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economies and our values,” Trump said.

He also did not mention the FBI, which his administration has battled since its first days in office. That doesn’t mean the battle is over. The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a controversial memo penned by chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE (R-Calif.) that alleges FBI misconduct, and a forthcoming inspector general report is expected to be highly critical of the agency’s actions in the run-up to the 2016 election.

But the Sturm und Drang was absent from a speech that all but ignored the most divisive controversies of Trump’s first year in office.

Democrats

Presidents often use State of the Union addresses to single out members of the other party, especially on areas where they might agree. Former President Obama name-checked Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) in his final State of the Union, in 2016; he mentioned Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (R-Fla.) in 2014, and he invoked his two vanquished White House opponents, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE (R-Ariz.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love Trump religious adviser calls anti-Trump evangelicals 'spineless morons' MORE (R), in 2013.

Trump appealed to Democrats three times, urging Congress to come together to represent all Americans. And he gestured to some Democrats who applauded his call for paid family leave. But the president did not mention a single Democrat by name.

That’s not entirely unprecedented; Obama did not mention any Republicans during his 2015 address.

For that matter, Republicans

Trump made a special point to mention Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTexas man with politician hit list, illegally 3D printed rifle sentenced to eight years The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Dems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland MORE (R-La.), the House majority whip who survived a gunman’s assault on a congressional baseball practice last summer.

But, in a speech that highlighted a cast of characters seemingly large enough to fill half the gallery, Trump did not mention any other members of Congress.

After a year in which he publicly or privately expressed his frustrations with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job Trump administration’s top European diplomat to resign in February Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation MORE, Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossSupreme Court to hear census citizenship case this term Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers press officials on 2020 election security | T-Mobile, Sprint execs defend merger before Congress | Officials charge alleged Iranian spy | Senate panel kicks off talks on data security bill Apple, IBM, Walmart join White House advisory board MORE and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceIs a presidential appointment worth the risk? Former Ryan aide moves to K street Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE, Trump didn’t share credit with many of his own appointees, either. He spotlighted only a single member of his own Cabinet, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat MORE.

And Trump did not even mention the man who purportedly helped write the speech, Vice President Pence. That’s a marked departure from Obama, who made special points to mention then-Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters MORE and his portfolio several times in each State of the Union address.

Insults and nicknames

Trump kicked off his campaign for president by denigrating Mexican immigrants as murderers and rapists. He attacked a reporter with a disability and the father of a solider killed in battle.

Along the way, he peppered his opponents and adversaries with pejorative nicknames — "Little Marco Rubio," "Liddle' Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE," "Crooked Hillary," "Lyin’ Ted," "Cryin’ Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE" and "Little Rocket Man," his nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But those insults and jibes were absent from Trump’s remarks, at least for one night.

And everything else

After trying to implement a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries, Trump did not say the word "Muslim." He mentioned African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans just once, in the context of record-low unemployment rates.

Trump called for “fair and, very importantly, reciprocal” trade deals — though he did not mention the North American Free Trade Agreement by name.

He mentioned Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, both of which suffered the brunt of mammoth hurricanes that barreled through the Caribbean, but he did not mention the hundreds of thousands of residents who remain without power in the islands months later.

And, perhaps most surprisingly, Trump did not touch on his favorite subject: His against-the-odds victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Perhaps those subjects will come up in a Wednesday tweet storm.