Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Trump for not doing his homework and have no plan for his State Of The Union address.
Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “I think that the president was unprepared. I don’t think that he did his homework. You know, we’ve seen States Of The Union addresses delivered by many presidents, Democrat and Republican. They almost always have substantive policies that are offered. I agree with Senator Klobuchar there that there was no plan. There was no plan to address our opioid crisis, there was no plan to address the cost of health care, there was no plan to increase wages. I had to ask myself, is this a campaign stop or is this a State Of The Union?”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 6, 2019
Instead of preparing for the SOTU, Trump went to Florida to play golf
While other presidents worked on their addresses in the days before their speeches, Donald Trump was in Florida hanging out at his private club and playing golf with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Trump’s lack of anything resembling a detailed agenda is especially stunning when one considers that due to his government shutdown, Trump had more time than other presidents to work on his address.
AOC had it right. Trump’s SOTU sounded like a campaign stop because that is what it was. Trump was using the address to the country to rally his supporters to stick with him as his approval ratings plummet, and investigations mount.
Unprepared is the one word that could be used to accurately describe the Trump presidency. Trump didn’t take the SOTU seriously, which is why his address was a waste of time for both Congress and the country.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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