Kentucky politicians react to President’s State of the Union Address

Kentucky politicians react to President's State of the Union Address

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – President Donald Trump gave his second State of the Union Address Tuesday evening. Politicians in Kentucky are now reacting to the speech.

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement:

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“The President’s speech tonight is a good reminder that we live in the greatest country in the world, and there is more that unites us than divides us. While more work needs to be done, President Trump’s administration has moved our economy forward, strengthened and accelerated our military, taken unprecedented steps to beat back on the scourge of drug addiction, and helped hard-working Americans keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. I was particularly pleased to hear his commitment to protect the unborn and restore the sanctity of life. I am eager to continue working with President Trump and my colleagues across the aisle to move Eastern Kentucky forward.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement:

“It was a great speech. One time a year the President gets to address the nation in the State of the Union, actually the only speech mentioned in the Constitution. He laid out the robust economy we have. The tax cut that we passed clearly had a positive impact – the lowest unemployment in 50 years – America has much to be happy about. But we’ve got some problems and the Southern Border is one of them. The President has pushed for adequate border security and I’m hoping that the Congress will finally give it to him after some back and forth between the Democratic opponents who seem to be a little less interested in border security.”

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