Senator Carper Reacts to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.

“Tonight, President Trump stuck to his script and delivered a speech with little fanfare. Tomorrow, I’m sure some will try to ascribe meaning to both the performance he gave and the promises he made. But we should not forget that the exact same thing happened last year. Tonight, we heard from our ‘Tuesday President,’ but we know now that we can’t expect a similar performance tomorrow.

“Tonight, President Trump talked about expanding the American Dream, but tomorrow he will continue to trumpet a tax bill that’s created a windfall of wealth for corporate shareholders, not a boon to wage growth or job creation.

“Tonight, President Trump said he was extending an open hand to a bipartisan deal on immigration, but we don’t know who we will be negotiating with in the White House tomorrow.

“Tonight, President Trump pledged to rebuild this country with a historic $1.5 trillion investment in our infrastructure – the same promise he made to the American people in his speech last year – but tomorrow we will still be waiting for his long overdue plan to do so.

“Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If President Trump is serious about bringing parties in Congress together, then his words tonight are not enough – we need real actions and leadership tomorrow and in the days ahead.”