Senator Lankford Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) tonight made the following statement on the President’s State of the Union address to the nation:
“This State of the Union speech was a pretty remarkable speech. The beginning of the speech was actually unusual for a State of the Union. It didn’t begin with what the Trump Administration had done this past year, it began with what the American people had done. The beginning focused on what people had done with disaster relief, helping their neighbors, and working through hard times. It began focused on how people were trying to turn around the economy, hiring new people, starting new companies, and advancing new businesses. And helping people through hard times in their life – that was the main focus of the beginning of the speech.
“Later in the speech, the President integrated some of the things the federal government had done to join the American people in trying to turn around the nation. It was pretty remarkable, and very unifying in many ways. I agree with the President’s call for unity in government, and for the American people to work together to solve issues. The President set a very conciliatory tone as he walked through various topics. Thanks to tax and regulatory reform, the economy has added two million jobs, the unemployment rate is low, and economic confidence is among the highest in the last 17 years. The President’s terms, his tone, and his presentation were focused on the good that is happening in the nation, and then he called on Congress to pursue the next thing that the American people need us to do, as there is much work to be done in 2018.
“I appreciated the President’s focus on national security, including border security, the United States military, law enforcement, firefighters, and those individuals that are serving their neighbors. That was an exceptionally powerful theme through the whole speech. And when he laid out proposals, like the immigration proposal, he communicated that he had heard everybody’s viewpoints. The President has heard all sides and he’s trying to strike a middle ground. During the speech, he also signaled forthcoming detailed proposals on infrastructure, national defense, and other things. I look forward to seeing more proposals from the White House, as I am hopeful that Congress can work together to get more issues resolved for the American people.”