Republicans in Congress Overwhelmingly Praise Trump’s SOTU Address: He ‘Hit It Out of the Park’

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President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address since taking office, which drew a lot of praise from Republican leaders.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the address a “great speech” by the president, according to the White House.

“He laid out the robust economy we have,” he added. “The tax cut that we passed clearly had a positive impact — the lowest unemployment in 50 years — America has much to be happy about.”

McConnell addressed that there are “problems” at the U.S.-Mexico border — which President Trump has continued to push to improve border security and on his demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding — adding how Democrats seem “little less interested” on the topic but he hopes Congress will have back and forth.

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President Trump just hit it out of the park,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca) praised the State of the Union address. “He offered a vision of America that both parties can support.”

The Republican minority leader claimed Democrats now “have a choice,” to either “continue to resist or they can choose to work together to keep making America greater than ever.”

“The President’s message to our country tonight was clear: America first leadership is returning American greatness,” he said in a statement.

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Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) paralleled his vision to President Trump’s saying he shares the vision that “inspires cooperation, common sense, and compromise,” according to the White House.

“Together we can build on the strength of an already booming economy, which is marked by strong and sustained job growth, low unemployment, and increased wages,” he added.

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The state of our union is strong,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) responded to the address, according to the White House.

Read part of Scalise’s statement:

“In this moment of divided government we have an extraordinary opportunity to find common ground between both parties. Democrats in the resist movement must put aside their personal dislike of the President if we are going to work together towards a more secure and prosperous America. When all we see from Democrat leaders in Washington are calls for obstruction and opposition, it was refreshing to hear the President deliver a bipartisan message that showed his willingness to work with all sides to get things done and solve the serious problems our country faces.”

He called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to “move beyond the antics of her most radical members” and work with President Trump and Republicans to “build a brighter, safer future that puts American families first.”

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) praised President Trump saying, “Great nations do not fight endless wars.”

Newly elected Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said the president “hit the right note” during his address, according to the White House.

“While we have made progress, there is still work to be done,” he added.

“Now is the time to come together to enact an agenda that has something for everyone: from securing our borders to rebuilding America to lowering health care costs,” Crenshaw said. “This benefits all Americans.”

Watch Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address:

IJR was present at the State of the Union and spoke with Republicans on their thoughts about the address. Read more here.

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