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UL students weigh in on President Trump's speech

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At UL, students weighed in on the President Trump's first State of the Union Address. Two of the university's organizations held a watchparty.

The reactions are as diverse as the political views of the students who gathered at Mouton Hall, and many had mixed feelings about the president even before his speech began.

"I think he sometimes does say shocking things but he was able to win the election so whether you agree or disagree he was able to win the election and I think he is going in the right direction and I think the country was looking for a new direction also," said Rachel Howard, the president of College Republicans at UL.

"I think he's done less than expected. I believe there has been multiple times where he could've done better or taken more opportunities from his own staff," said Mia Tolliver, who is a member of the political honors society, Phi Sigma.

Despite those mixed feelings, the students were able to take satisfaction in some of the president's message.

"As a student at UL, as someone who has seen the Cajun Navy first hand, [Trump] got everyone in the room, of every background to stand up and clap and to be excited about some of the things he said tonight. So maybe regardless of wherever you fall on the political spectrum, everyone can take something from what he said tonight," said Rachel Lautigar, who is also with Phi Sigma.

"I really like how the president focused on increasing wages in the United States, passing a tax cut bill that's going to strengthen the American economy and I liked how he laid out his economic policies so that he can give help and assistance to families that are struggling in this country right now," said another member of the College Republicans, Jackson Jimenez.

"What I think everyone's looking for is what's moving forward, if we're just expecting him to perform a speech of what he's already done, we know that already. What are the plans of the administration so far, not only now but we've been wondering this from the beginning," said Tolliver.

While everyone had a different reaction on campus to the president's speech, everyone we spoke to said they hope to see the government work effectively moving forward.

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