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Blog: State of the Union address draws reactions from leaders

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President Donald Trump gave his third State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night in the House chamber. Local, state and national politicians responded to the address via tweets and news releases.

Read their reactions to the address below: Read the president's speech in its entirety by clicking here or watch it below.

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gave the Democratic response, read her speech here  or watch it below:

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, released the following statement after the State of the Union:

“Tonight, President Trump communicated the strong state of our economy and military in his inspirational State of the Union address,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Protecting our national security, strengthening our infrastructure, lowering the cost of healthcare, fighting against pediatric cancer, eliminating HIV/AIDS, securing our border, and fighting for the interests of hardworking American families are priorities that both sides of the aisle can and should come together to achieve. President Trump called on Congress to join together in a bipartisan fashion to work on behalf of the American public, and I am looking forward to negotiating in good faith with my colleagues to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and 2020 presidential candidate released the following statement:

“President Trump has had years to bring this country together, but instead he has chosen to divide the country across every single line he can imagine. If President Trump wants to convince the country that he actually cares about bringing us together, then he can start by no longer using government workers as political pawns, reuniting the families that his Administration ripped apart at the border, and stopping with political wedge issues like telling women they can’t make their own health decisions in consultation with their doctor.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement after President Trump's  statement during the State of the Union against law protecting women's reproductive rights 

"Tonight President Trump proposed rolling back the protections provided by Roe v. Wade — the law of our nation for 46 years affirmed and reaffirmed by numerous Supreme Courts.


New York has a message to those who spread lies and fear to control women's reproductive health decisions: Not going to happen. Not now, not ever."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tweeted his reaction Wednesday morning to the State of the Union:

"Last night, President Trump shared a hopeful vision of a bright future for America. He reminded us that, in part, that future is bright because of recent years’ big achievements: Tax reform, regulatory reform, landmark legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, and more.

The President also highlighted some national challenges — like addressing the humanitarian and security crisis on our border, rebuilding American infrastructure, lowering healthcare costs and fighting on behalf of American workers and job creators.

To tackle these challenges, the American people deserve the full attention of a fully-functioning Congress. They deserve a Democratic Party that puts the public interest ahead of political spite and comes to the table to negotiate necessary compromises.

As I’ve said time and time again: Mindless obstruction is unacceptable.

The only way this divided Congress will be able to choose greatness and deliver significant legislation is by focusing on — as President Trump put it — “cooperation, compromise, and the common good.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, issued this statement after President Trump delivered his State of the Union:

“Tonight, the President spoke about the honor of being in the House Chamber, and all the progress that has been achieved here. But at the same time, he threatened the United States Congress not to exercise its constitutional responsibility of oversight.

“It will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations that the President made tonight. Instead of fear-mongering and manufacturing a crisis at the border, President Trump should commit to signing the bipartisan conference committee’s bill to keep government open and provide strong, smart border security solutions.

“Sadly, while talking about perceived threats to the safety of the American people, he completely ignored the gun violence epidemic that is claiming lives across the country.

“The President’s call for ending HIV transmission in America is interesting, but if he is serious about ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, he must end his assault on health care and the dignity of the LGBTQ community.

“With the complicity of the GOP Congress over the last two years, President Trump failed the middle class by trying to take away Americans’ health care and enriching the wealthiest 1 percent. The state of the American middle class has been weakened by President Trump’s special interest first agenda.

“The President said that he wanted to work to lower prescription drug prices and build America’s infrastructure. Thus far, the President has not put forward any real proposals. Now, with a new House Democratic Majority working For The People, the President has an opportunity to join us to deliver real progress in lowering the price of prescription drugs and making the bold investments needed to rebuild America’s infrastructure in a green and modern way.

“President Trump must now take concrete steps to work with Democrats to strengthen the health and economic security of families across America. After two years of the President’s empty words, the American people deserve real results.”

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and He can be reached at


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