In the Executive Powers section of Article II, it states: He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;
Donald Trump found enough information needing to be covered such that he delivered the third longest SOTU speech in history last night. One would think it was comprehensive.
Per usual, one would be wrong. The speech made no mention of the war made upon this country in November of 2016, an especially galling error as we gear up for the next battle in 2018:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney says Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election could be interpreted by some as an “act of war.
Ben Cardin of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations, called on Trump to lead the charge against Russia. “When you attack a country you’re not at war with, that’s an act of war,
“I don’t think we’ve ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process than we’ve seen in this case,” said James Clapper,
President Barack Obama warned America faces a Cold War-style cyber arms race with Russia amid accusations of Kremlin meddling in the US presidential election
One would think that an attack, an act of war upon this country’s most precious possession, the right to vote, would bear significantly upon the state of our union. In fact, it does. Trump just did not find it worth his time to mention anything about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, nothing about steps taken to investigate and determine the breadth of hacking into state voter rolls, and nothing about steps taken to protect the vote in 2018.
The Commander in Chief did not pledge to prohibit Russian meddling in the 2018 election.