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Rhode Island delegates skeptical of State of Union speech

February 6, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation says they are skeptical of Republican President Donald Trump’s calls for Democrats and Republicans to work together during his second State of the Union speech.

U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE’-nee) and Jim Langevin (LAN’-jih-vin) issued statements after the speech Tuesday.

Reed credited Trump with speaking about Holocaust survivors and signing his bill on childhood cancer. But, Reed says Trump “repackaged divisive themes” and “failed to offer new solutions to move our nation forward.”

Both Whitehouse and Langevin were in consensus, with Langevin saying Trump’s “policies of division do not live up to his rhetoric of unity.”

Cicilline was more pointed in his criticism, saying Trump’s speech was “long, self-absorbed, and divorced from reality.”

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