Greater Danbury’s congressional delegation reacts to Trump speech

March 1, 2017 GMT

DANBURY - The region’s congressional delegation reacted to President Trump’s prime time speech to Congress Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat, and Democrat Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were critical of Trump’s first address to Congress.

“The values President Trump talked about in his speech tonight - ideas like standing up to special interests, securing our national defense, and expanding economic opportunity - were totally at odds with the divisive and damaging policies he has pursued and the appointments he has made since taking office,” Esty said in a prepared statement. “[T]he words tonight must be understood in the context of the actions the President has taken in the last five weeks, and will be judged by the actions he takes going forward.”

Blumenthal agreed.

“This speech was mostly vague platitudes, vacuous assurances, and appeals to fear,” Blumenthal said in a prepared statement. “The nation needs a leader with a real vision for our future - not empty promises.”

Murphy said Trump offered nothing new.

“He offered no new legislation to fulfill his endless promises,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “He offered no new explanations for all the things that have gone wrong during the first month of his administration.”