US Congress, President Trump Condemn Srinivas Kuchibotla’s Murder 

Republicans called the President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress ‘great’ while Democrats who were expecting another clownish or un-presidential public performance seemed a little disappointed. - Sakshi Post

Washington, March 1: Before the US President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Wednesday, the Congress observed a one-minute silence to pay tribute to the victim of Kansas shooting Srinivas Kochibhotla.

The President also condemned the antisemitic violence in the country. He said, “We condemn hate in all its ugly forms, the threats targeting Jewish centers and the Kansas shooting." "I’ve directed the DOJ to form a task force on reducing violent crime," he added.

However, he refrained from commenting on the surge in racial violence after he took the oath of the President of the United States of America. He was widely criticized for not condemning the violence.

However, his actions does not seems to be line with his words. Racially motivated violence has become a daily phenomenon in the United States of America today. A prime reason to this could be attributed to the easy availability of guns. The second amendment of the American Constitution empowers every American citizen with the right to own a gun.

The right to own a gun was stripped from the mentally ill persons during Obama Administration but their rights have been restored by President Donald Trump recently.

In an earlier development, the White House termed the attack "racially motivated hatred". White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had said the incident was "disturbing", but did not say whether the Trump administration believed it was a hate crime. The tragedy has led to fears among immigrants, who feel being targeted by President Donald Trump’s plans to ban travelers from certain countries and build a wall along the Mexico border to realize his campaign pledge of putting "America first".

Hyderabad's Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani, his friend and colleague who hailed from Warangal, was injured in the shooting by the navy veteran Adam Purinton, who yelled "terrorist" and "get out of my country" before opening fire on them. A 24-year-old American named Ian Grillot who tried to defend the Indians received injuries in the firing.

The last rites of Kuchibhotla were performed on Tuesday, amidst a wave of emotional upheaval. Hundreds of Hyderabadis attended the ceremony and shouted slogans against Donald Trump holding him responsible for the death of Srinivas and a rising racial hatred in the USA.

Donald Trump's First Congressional Speech Scripted To Please GOP

Everything about a presidential address to a joint session of Congress is staged to make the President look powerful. From the arrival of the dignitaries, announced by the Sergeant At Arms, to the "Mr. Speaker, the president of the United States!" to almost-always-awkward "response" from the opposition. It’s all part of a grand, political tradition that puts as much attention possible on the power of the presidency.

So is the immediate aftermath of the speech, when members of Congress fill Statuary Hall just off the House floor in the Capitol to talk to reporters and establish the various partisan narratives of what just occurred. On Tuesday, after President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress, Republicans called the address great. This is the Trump they want; a president focused on policy instead of unending feuds with an unending list of enemies waged from the Oval Office one tweet at a time.

Democrats seemed a little caught off guard that Trump, a president they have very little political or personal respect for, could deliver a speech that surprised a lot of people by … sounding like a political speech. Indeed, anyone hoping for another clownish or un-presidential public performance seemed a little disappointed.

"It wasn’t one of his crazier speeches," Sen. Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, told ABC News.

Sen. Roger Wicker, Republican from Mississippi, told C-SPAN in Statuary Hall that the speech was better than Trump’s inaugural and his convention speech.

"I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get a bump out of this," Wicker said.

From a policy standpoint, it was a very consistent speech for the president. Trump promised to be very tough on undocumented immigrants, to cut taxes, to cut spending on things Republicans dislike like the EPA, to raise spending on things Republicans like like defense, to create huge new infrastructure projects, to look America’s trade partners in the eye and demand a better deal.

It was the speech a traditional Republican president would give, in the traditional way a Republican president would give one, in the Trump era. That excited Republicans who have had to suffer through bad week after bad week at the White House. (Russia, of course, is expected to continue to provide bad weeks for the administration even after the speech that went well, optics-wise.)

But Trump is the president, and he’s not traditional. And what he’s promising to do is very challenging for the Republican Party. Despite the fact that Republicans won everything, the party is still very fractured, and it’s not clear that Trump can be the one to unite it. That could be problematic as the party attempts to take advantage of the win Trump brought them. Obamacare, which every Republican wants gone, but Republicans can’t agree on how to replace it yet, is a prime example.

Trump showed Tuesday that the traditions designed for decades to make the president look good can also make Trump look good. His message is resonant. But nothing in the speech showed that the GOP can actually take advantage of a Trump that doesn’t get in is own way for at least one evening.

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