From Mike Allen:
Stephen Miller, the speech’s principal writer, and Steve Bannon, whose worldview dominated and who helped with the prose , see a huge infrastructure bill as a way to attract voters, especially minorities, who opposed Trump in 2016. They argue privately they will shake up voting coalitions if they run new roads, repair tunnels and provide web access to other classes or regions of forgotten Americans. They also believe tariffs and bullying of corporate-outsourcers will change some minds, too.
The coastal bubbles hated the speech. But, like the campaign, it wasn’t aimed at them.
Bannon suggested: "I think it’d be good if people compare Xi’s speech … and President Trump’s speech in his inaugural. …
Why it matters: Trump advisers see confrontation with China over trade, territory and now the merits of globalism as a fight they WANT to define their presidency.
What’s next? We have a fair idea of how Trump’s nationalism will affect immigration and trade policy. But something that’s brewing under the surface — and seriously troubling business leaders — is the extent to which Trump will interfere in corporate America (think mergers, regulations) in what he believes is the service of the American worker. In other words: How Bernie will Donald get?
Speech was pretty short: 16 minutes. The only shorter inaugural speech was from Washington I think.