RI Lawmakers Weigh In On Trump’s Address To Congress

Mar 2, 2017

Reaction to President Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday night is breaking along partisan lines.

State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell said he found a lot to like in President Trump’s address. Bell said the president set a forward-looking tone.

“Unity, strength, and you know, time to put the campaign behind and talk about not standing as divided people and try to get together and have a renewal,” said Bell.

The chairman of the state Democratic Party offered grudging praise for President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday.

State Rep. Joseph McNamara said Trump came across better in the reading of his speech than in earlier appearances.

“I like Teleprompter Trump. He was much more presidential than he has been. His presentation was somewhat presidential,” said McNamara.

The state’s Democratic congressional delegation was less impressed. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, for example, said Trump’s actions contradict many of his words. Reed said that when it comes to issues like education, healthcare and tax cuts, the president’s policies will hurt working families.