(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress:
“Rather than using his first address to Congress to bridge divides, President Trump used tonight’s speech to dig them deeper and wider. During a time in our Nation’s history when Americans need assurance from our leaders, the President doubled down on divisive and toxic rhetoric that instills shock and fear in our country’s diverse and vulnerable communities. While the President talked about creating jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure, and fixing our healthcare system, his talking points continue to lack substance and specificity. We cannot afford to neglect the programs that provide affordable healthcare, education for our future leaders, and protection for our immigrant communities.
“The President should be focusing his energy to increase the transparency of his own office rather than lambasting the rest of Washington. The American people deserve to know if conflicts of interest exist and whether they are from former business dealings or interference from Russia. The failure of any President in the modern era to release their tax returns should be a wake up call to all Americans.
“As the Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I continue to be concerned for the future of our Nation’s diplomatic efforts. Piecemeal approaches will not tackle the most pressing challenges across the globe. The rhetoric being used by the President and his Administration regarding our allies and his proposal to slash foreign aid is not only reckless, but is harmful to American interests. It is time for President Trump to realize how much our relationships around the globe have enhanced our own security and prosperity; alienating our partners makes Americans less safe.”