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RI delegation not swayed by president's address

President Donald J. Trump delivering his first State of the Union Address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (MGN)

Rhode Island's all-Democratic congressional delegation weighed in on President Trump's State of the Union speech by mostly saying it missed the mark.

The president said the country is strong, and he took credit for economic growth and tax cuts. He also put forward a plan for immigration reform.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called Trump a "salesman" whose pitch "just doesn't add up."

"President Trump tried to whitewash over his divisiveness and his record," Reed said.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said the speech didn't pass the reality test.

"The president tried to paint a very different picture of his first year from the one the American people saw," Whitehouse said.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline said the speech "was long on words and empty on substance."

"Tonight's (State of the Union) was filled with many examples of him saying one thing and doing another," the congressman tweeted.

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin was more conciliatory, saying he personally thanked President Trump for the tone of his address.

"Overall, however, the President's tone this evening must be weighed against the legacy of his first year, which was largely devoid of bipartisan accomplishments or even sincere attempts at collaboration," Langevin said in a statement.

In the Democratic Party's televised response from Fall River, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy emphasized a need to help the middle class.

"We see an economy that makes stocks soar, investors' portfolios bulge, and corporate profits climb, but fails to give workers their fair share of the reward," said Kennedy, whose district includes part of Bristol County.

President Trump's speech clocked in as the third-longest in the nation's history at one hour and 20 minutes.


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