RI's Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Trump Address

Mar 1, 2017

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation expressed skepticism after President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed was critical of promises President Trump made during his speech, citing contradictions in the Trump administration’s actions.

"When it comes to education, health care, tax cuts, and so many kitchen table issues, President Trump prioritizes policies that will undermine working families,” said Reed in a statement. 

Rep. Jim Langevin said he’d hoped for a more unifying message and detailed proposals from the president.

“Although the President attempted to strike a slightly more conciliatory tone, noticeably lacking were serious, bipartisan policies that lawmakers of both parties could get behind,” said Langevin.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse criticized how the president handled the subject of immigrants and Muslims in the country.

“And he never denounced the discriminatory policies and hateful rhetoric directed at immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants, that have marked his short time in office,” said Whitehouse.

President Trump opened his speech addressing some of the violence affecting minority groups.

“Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” said the president.

During his speech, the president said he would be open to immigration reform. Trump placed education and health care reform as top priorities for his administration, but that didn’t satisfy many lawmakers.

“I’ll judge the President by what he does, not by what’s on his teleprompter,” said Sen. Whitehouse.