Predictably, the reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was different depending on whom is asked.
Two local congressmen, Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, released statements responding to the speech.
Foster said he agreed with Trump about working to strengthen the middle class, ensuring national security and improving the nation’s immigration system, but he parted with him on several other policy points.
“Unfortunately, the president has consistently undermined the policies that made our country great in the past and fails to acknowledge what we need to do to strengthen our future,” Foster said.
Foster also called Trump out on his rhetoric pertaining to immigration.
“The president’s focus on falsehood and extreme xenophobia threatens this progress and the good for which our country stands,” he said.
Foster also reiterated his stances in contrast to Trump’s on various issues such as the Republican tax cut bill, North Korea, the Iran Nuclear Deal, budget cuts and the border wall, among others.
“I’m ready and willing to work with the president on good, thoughtful policies once the president is ready to accept the world in which we live and not the world in which his political base would like to live,” Foster said.
Kinzinger, on the other hand, lauded Trump’s policies, especially in regard to the economic success of the country, job creation and market confidence.
“The American economy is booming, and it’s encouraging to see the real-life benefits of our pro-growth policies helping hard-working families in IL-16 and across the country,” Kinzinger said.
He also reiterated calls for bipartisanship, civility and unity.
“Bipartisanship is critical, and I applaud the president’s message tonight urging us all to work across the aisle and find ways to get things done to best serve the American people,” Kinzinger said. “It’s truly on each of us to keep the American Dream alive – through hard work, civility toward one another and united in our love of freedom, we can leave our country stronger and safer.”