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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters on Trump: One Scripted Speech Changes Nothing

March 1, 2017
Press Release

Waters on Trump: One Scripted Speech Changes Nothing


Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech before a joint session of Congress last night:


“While he certainly did appear more presidential and changed the way he frames the issues, I believe Donald Trump still lacks a fundamental understanding of the legislative process.  The President cannot unilaterally accomplish all that he outlined in his speech, and he will soon find out that much of the opposition he will confront will in fact come from Republicans.


“President Trump wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the Republicans can’t agree on a plan.  The President has said he wants to preserve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  The Republicans want to dismantle them. The President wants to build a wall along the southern border.  The Republicans can’t agree on how to pay for it or if it should even be built.  The President wants a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill.  The Republicans do not like public spending and would rather provide tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.  For all of the unity the Republicans are working to demonstrate with a President they strongly opposed, they will have plenty of opportunities to fight the President on their own terms.


“I did not attend Trump’s speech last night for the same reason I didn’t attend the inauguration: I refuse to participate in a ceremony that honors a President that has so disrespected our democracy.


“Trump has made a mockery of our government and seems to relish every opportunity he can to push the boundaries of our Constitution and common decency.  If he had any respect for the office of the President, he would have divested his businesses.  If he had any regard for the integrity of the office, he would have released his tax returns.  If he had any regard for American exceptionalism, he would condemn Putin’s actions in Eastern Europe and Syria and not call into question our country’s standing and leadership on the world’s stage. If he had any regard for common decency, he would apologize to the many people he humiliated during his campaign. One scripted speech changes nothing.


“I remain as determined as ever to fight this President and fight any efforts he undertakes to roll back the progress we made under the Obama Administration.  President Trump’s signature slogan about ‘making America great again’ is all about the past and dragging America backwards. Democrats will remain focused on strengthening America’s future and ensuring all Americans have access to equal opportunities and economic prosperity.”