The Powerful Moment in Trump's State of the Union that Nobody is Talking About

January 31, 2018Jan 31, 2018

On Wednesday, the National Review penned an interesting article titled "Donald Trump's Powerful Pro-Life Moment." In this article, author David French points out two fascinating things. 

First, French argues that from a policy standpoint, the State of the Union address reaffirmed the temporary triumph of the Republican establishment in the GOP civil war. For the most part, he says, Trump's speech wasn't Tea Party or populist. Rather, it was a "conservative speech in the mold of George W. Bush" emphasizing tax cuts, a strong national defense, and compromise. 

Second, the National Review points out that during the speech, there was a very powerful pro-life moment on full display. This moment occurred when Trump honored a New Mexico police officer, Ryan Holets, and his wife Rebecca. According to the story, Holets stopped a pregnant homeless woman from injecting heroin and then later adopted the child, naming her Hope. 

You can see the moment here in a tweet by CNN.

This story, says the National Review, is the "heart of adoption in America — parents who live their faith, preserve life, and love their new children." 

French continues: 

Spend any time with adoptive families, and you’ll hear stories every bit as inspiring as Ryan and Rebecca’s. Their story is wonderful, but it’s not as extraordinary as you might think. I’m consistently in awe of the adoptive moms and dads that I meet, and I’m grateful that the president chose to highlight one of those families tonight. 

This relates to another moment in Trump's speech — one that went almost unnoticed today in the press. Very briefly, President Trump endorsed paid family leave, one of his daughter Ivanka Trump's top legislative priorities. 

Ivanka, a top White House adviser, has met with several lawmakers to discuss the implementation of paid family leave program. Providing his daughter with a major boost, Trump endorsed the proposal last night, although he did it at the end of a larger proposal to invest in American workers, according to the Washington Examiner

"As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training," he said. "Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave."

Currently, the United States doesn't have mandatory paid family leave, which would permit parents to care for a newborn or adopted child. The Trump administration in the past has requested six weeks of paid family leave. As of now, the United States is the only industrialized country that doesn't have mandatory family leave policy. 

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