Trump also sought to pushback on Democrats framing of the immigration discussions as working to protect "Dreamers", a term used to refer to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, a program that protected undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The president was due to make an appearance later on Thursday at a retreat for congressional Republicans aimed at rallying around legislative priorities before congressional elections in November that will be seen as a referendum on the party's ability to govern and on Trump's presidency.
They do not include streaming figures.
'45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history.
Last year, President and Mrs. Trump travelled to the speech together.
King said Trump's call to let the young, undocumented immigrants work toward citizenship over 12 years was not well received by Republican lawmakers, many of whom view such a policy as granting "amnesty" to lawbreakers. On cable beyond Fox News, 3.1 million people watched on CNN, and 2.7 on MSNBC.
As for the makeup of Trump's audience Tuesday night, Fox News Chanel had the biggest audience: 11.5 million. Fox's pro-Trump hosts routinely deride the rest of the national news media as "fake" and worse.
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It's not clear where Trump got the notion that his SOTU numbers were the highest.