Queens Congressional Leaders Blast Trump’s State Of The Union Speech

Jan 31, 2018
In The News

Queens’ congressional leaders said that while President Donald Trump was relatively restrained in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, they believed his words were divisive.

During Trump’s 80-minute speech, he discussed the Republican tax bill, trade, the economy and immigration.

“Tonight, I call upon all of use to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve,” Trump said.

However, Queens’ members of Congress said that they didn’t believe he had taken any unifying actions during his past year in office.

“President Trump is never short on slogans,” U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said. “It’s finding real solutions to our nation’s very real challenges that he struggles with. Our nation is far too divided. Too many Americans are struggling economically and too few our benefiting from our gains. President Trump performed tonight, but real leadership is not measured in one act. It’s the everyday actions that demonstrate one’s ability to lead. President Trump has shown over the past year that he lacks the ability to bring people together and lacks the transformational ideas that we need to usher us into the future.”

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said that despite the president’s upbringing in Queens, Trump had “led one of the most anti-New York administrations and congresses that we have ever seen.”

“We saw that with the tax bill, which threw a dagger straight at the heart of our city and state,” she said. “For the last year, instead of working for a better deal for all Americans, this Republican congress and President Trump have prioritized tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest few, while harming the middle class and hardworking Americans by ripping away healthcare for millions, cutting Medicare, repealing workplace and environmental protections and more. It’s time for this president to recognize that when he took that oath of office last Jan. 20, he swore to represent all the American people, not just those who elected him. I hope he starts acting like it.”

Another congressman for Queens skipped the speech altogether due to Trump’s recent “shithole countries” comment.

“Aside from my concern that this president lacks a moral compass—a concern that was shared by an overwhelming number of Republicans in the 2016 campaign—he is also an unreliable negotiating partner,” U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said. “Through executive action, Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and promised to make good faith efforts to reach a deal, only to torpedo a bipartisan compromise. Trump and Republicans didn’t only dangle the lives of nearly a million DREAMers, he also held hostage children’s healthcare.”