Local leaders react to President Trump’s State of the Union

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address since taking office just over a year ago.

Trump has been under constant scrutiny since being elected in November of 2016, but said he brought in a “new American moment” while saying that his administration needs to provide unity to Americans.

Local lawmakers provided their reactions to the president’s address, with some thinking Trump is all talk with what he had to say, while others were more satisfied with what the president spoke about.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) provided his own rebuttal of the president’s remarks on social media. He called out President Trump’s, “lies” and campaign promises he didn’t keep. 

“The American people do not want a president who is compulsively dishonest, who is a bully, who actively represents the interests of the billionaire class, who is anti-science, and who is trying to divide us up based on the color of our skin, our nation of origin, our religion, our gender, or our sexual orientation,” Sanders said. 

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) said in a statement – “While President Trump touched on many important issues tonight, we’ve unfortunately seen this script before from the president – lots of big promises, but little action to back them up.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), wants to see the president take action on one specific topic he brought up, with that being infrastructure, by saying “The president was right to address the desperate state of our aging infrastructure. I believe this is an area where Republicans and Democrats can work across the aisle, and I encourage President Trump to deliver an ambitious plan to Congress that provides the resources to begin these critical upgrades and repairs.”

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) had harsher words for President Trump, and said “President Trump put on a good show tonight. He took an exaggerated and unearned victory lap while issuing a hollow call for unity and bipartisanship. What we have learned about this president, the most divisive in modern American history, is that his actions speak louder than his words.”

Another Vermont politician was noticeably unhappy with President Trump’s State of the Union, particularly his claims of uniting the nation, as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said in his own statement “President Trump can say he’s for uniting instead of dividing the nation.  He’s said it before.  But after a year of intensely divisive actions, petty insults and disgraceful race-baiting, those words ring hollow by now.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) had different feelings on the president’s address, admiring the work President Trump has done in his first year in office, saying “Over the past year under President Trump, our economy has grown stronger, we have made significant progress to help our veterans, and we are beginning to rebuild our national defense that was gutted under the previous administration. Tonight President Trump presented his vision for our country and addressed many policy areas that I look forward to working with him on.”

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