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Vermonters React To President Trump's Congressional Address

Jim Lo Scalzo
President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., listen.

President Trump spoke to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, and we'll hear reactions to what he said on Wednesday's Vermont Edition.

Tuesday night's speech was the president's first formal address since Inauguration Day. Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were present in the House chamber for the speech, along with their invited guests.

Read the speech with NPR's annotation here.

On Wednesday's broadcast, we'll talk with Democratic Congressman Peter Welch about his reactions, and take your calls and questions for Vermont's sole congressman.

We'll also talk with Ahmed Alsaeedi, a Burlington resident who was Welch's guest for the president's speech. Alsaeedi immigrated to the United States on a visa for Iraqi nationals who worked as interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq – a program that was temporarily halted by Trump's executive order on immigration.

And we'll hear a reaction to President Trump's remarks from Vermont Republicans who are supporters of Trump, Chet Greenwood of Newport and Wendy Wilton of Rutland. In a state where politics are dominated by Democrats, they are among the 95,369 Vermonters who voted for the president.

Broadcast Wednesday, March 1, 2017 live at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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