What Wisconsin politicians are saying about President Trump’s State of the Union


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress. The speech, titled ‘The Great American Comeback,’ was meant to highlight a booming economy, but it was the tension between President Trump and Democrats that garnered the most attention.

The president didn’t shake Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand before the speech and, at the end, she made it a point to rip it up, calling it a “manifesto of mistruths.”

Here’s how local politicians are responding:

Republican Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released a statement overnight. He said President Trump is delivering on his promises to the American people, specifically pointing out the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, which he called vital to Wisconsin’s economy. Vos said he is looking forward to partnering with the Trump administration to expand export opportunities for the Badger state.

Ben Wikler, Chair of Wisconsin’s Democratic Party, released a very different statement. He said President Trump doubled down on broken promises in his address and failed to deliver on a long list of economic and health care promises. Wikler said those include lowering health care costs, protecting people with pre-existing conditions, bringing back manufacturing jobs, and cutting taxes to promote economic growth.

Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) were also seated in the chamber overnight. Baldwin brought a farmer from Cadott as her special guest. Johnson brought a member of his staff.