Democrats slammed President Donald Trump over his comments about “ridiculous partisan investigations” in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, as a key Republican said the commander-in-chief hit the right notes on his proposed border wall.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas said Trump’s comment about probes was “totally outrageous” — a sentiment echoed by other Democrats who saw the president’s words as an attempt to undermine the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) February 6, 2019
The President should not be attempting to undermine the Special Counsel’s investigation during the #SOTU. Mueller’s investigation must be allowed to continue without obstruction.
— Rep. Salud Carbajal (@RepCarbajal) February 6, 2019
Trump stopped short of declaring a national emergency to build his border wall, but made his case anew for why it should be built.
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, who leads the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Trump did a “great job” in articulating the need for a wall, something Democrats say they oppose.
“I think the message he was giving [is] a lot of people have supported a wall in the past [and] all of a sudden they don’t when he’s the president,” Shelby said.
With a new deadline approaching to head off a government shutdown, Trump failed to sway Democrats like Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania.
“I was surprised he doubled down on his demand for the wall. I don’t think that the American public wants it at the expense of our government being shut down,” said the congresswoman.
Trump and Congress are facing a deadline of Feb. 15 to reach an agreement on the wall. Without a deal, another government shutdown could result, forcing about 800,000 federal workers to go without pay.
Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, seemed to agree with the president’s stance on infrastructure and transportation but pointed to lack of details.
“He said nothing about how we are going to pay for it, and that’s got to be trouble,” said Carper.
Rep. Buddy Carter, a Georgia Republican, called Trump “conciliatory” in his speech and praised him for emphasizing the need for action on lowering the cost of prescription drugs.