Jan 30 2018
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union speech:
“Last February, during President Trump’s first address to the nation, we heard a lot of talk that wasn’t followed up by action.
“He condemned hate speech, but later said white supremacists are ‘very fine people.’ He preached bipartisanship, but then supported bills to gut Medicaid and end the Affordable Care Act with zero Democratic input. He advocated for middle class tax relief, but instead supported a bill that raised taxes on working families.
“Tonight we heard more promises.
“We heard of his desire to take action on immigration – but the president himself rejected a bipartisan solution that addressed all four ‘pillars’ he said were essential. Instead, his latest proposal holds DACA recipients hostage for his senseless border wall, policies that will tear families apart and the elimination of protections for immigrant children.
“We heard about investments in infrastructure – but the president’s own budget would slash funding for vital transit and infrastructure programs that communities across the country rely on.
“We heard promises of American leadership – but the president repeatedly isolates us from our allies and partners. He withdrew us from the Paris climate agreement, he relentlessly undermines the Iran nuclear deal and just tonight he promised to keep Guantanamo prison open.
“We need more than talk. We need a president who will bring the country together rather than foster further division. We need a president who understands and engages in important issues rather than spending hours on Twitter.
“There are responsible ways to address immigration, job creation, foreign relations, infrastructure, education and any number of other important issues. But we need a president who puts American families first. So far President Trump’s actions haven’t synced up with his teleprompter.”