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#1495968 --- 03/01/17 10:13 AM Even Van Jones?
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Van Jones on Trump: 'He became President of the United States in that moment, period'
By Jason Kurtz, CNN
Updated 7:13 AM ET, Wed March 1, 2017

(CNN)Shortly after President Donald Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress for the first time since taking the oath of office, CNN's Van Jones called one particularly moving moment from the speech the real estate mogul's most presidential to date.

Less than an hour after Trump honored the widow of a slain NAVY Seal, the Democratic commentator suggested that the commander in chief had officially begun to look the part.

"He became President of the United States in that moment, period," said Jones, after the evening's most emotional point was replayed by CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics," Jones added.

The exchange the group was referring to centered around Trump recognizing Carryn Owens, whose husband Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens was killed in Yemen.

Noting that he still often disagrees with the President, Jones admitted that Trump's powerful moment shows he may be settling into the role.

"If he finds a way to do that over and over again, he's going to be there for eight years," Jones said.

Moments after Jones' remarks, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke to Cooper, and had this to say: "I find myself in agreement with Van Jones, for the first time in my political life."

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#1495988 --- 03/01/17 11:54 AM Re: Even Van Jones? [Re: luckyduck]
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VAN JONES: TRUMP ‘BECAME PRESIDENT TONIGHT’ IN MOMENT HONORING NAVY SEAL WIDOW
MARCH 1, 2017



CNN political commentator Van Jones on Tuesday was amazed by the moment during President Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress – when he honored the widow of William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who was killed during a raid in Yemen.

“There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him, to be mad of him, but that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics period,” Jones said on CNN.

Jones, a liberal commentator who often criticizes Trump, said the president did something “extraordinary.”

“And for people who had been hoping he would become unifying, hoping that he might find someway to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment,” Jones said.



“For people who have been hoping that maybe he would remain a divisive cartoon, which he often finds a way to do, they should be a little bit worried tonight. Because that thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years.”

Jones added that he did not agree with the entire speech but he had to admit that Trump delivered.

“But he did something tonight that you cannot take away from,” he said. “He became president of the United States.”
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#1495991 --- 03/01/17 01:56 PM Re: Even Van Jones? [Re: cwjga]
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