Swalwell Responds to President Trump's Address to Congress

Press Release

Date: Feb. 28, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and Ranking Member of the CIA Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement Tuesday after President Donald Trump's Address to a Joint Session of Congress:

"President Trump had a chance to be a unifying President to a country he has sorely divided. He missed that opportunity by a long shot. Instead, he continued to offer a lot of bluster about his grandiose plans, and even those who had supported him are starting to wonder if they've been sold a lemon. It was like listening to him read 100 of his tweets -- an armchair address without details.

"Startlingly, the President this week said nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated -- something we all knew, actually -- while he moves to dismantle the law that has kept millions of Americans healthy and financially stable. He plans to vastly expand defense spending, with a disturbing focus on expanding our already robust nuclear arsenal, while failing to explain how he'll cut domestic spending without ravaging American lives. He keeps promising to unite us, but keeps dealing in divisive "us-versus-them' rhetoric. He continues to dodge questions about his campaign's and administration's ties to Russia, and apparently will be the first president in 40 years to keep his tax returns secret.

"Before the address, I handed the President a letter from one of my constituents, a man who came here from Kuwait, served in the U.S. Navy, and raised a family here. He's worried about the hateful rhetoric the President has been spreading about immigrants and about Muslims, and he wondered what to tell his wife and kids. I told the President he must address such concerns.

"I'm open to looking at where we can put Americans to work by restoring our nation's crumbling infrastructure and how we can reduce spending on ineffective or duplicative programs. But the American people deserve a real, honest leader with real, honest plans on how to improve their daily lives, not reality-show lip service."