Meng Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

“President Trump addressed the American people this evening and spoke of a new era of bipartisanship coupled with lofty policy goals. I believe Democrats and Republicans can and should work together on issues like rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and lowering the cost of prescription drugs.  But the President will need to match words with deeds, and we will see if his desire for bipartisanship will align with his actions after tonight. I stand ready to work with the President. But I will not stand for attacks on hardworking middle class families, immigrant communities, and young people, and I will continue to fight against any proposals or policies that seek to harm them.  In addition, the President’s selection of 'Choosing Greatness' as the theme of his speech was curious because America was great before his administration and will be great after his administration.”

Meng’s guest at the State of the Union was Jin Park of Flushing, Queens, the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient to be awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Park, 22, is a recent Harvard graduate and Define American Chapter Leader who won the scholarship for this fall at the University of Oxford in England. But since President Trump moved to end the DACA program, Park fears that he will not be permitted to re-enter the United States if he leaves the country to study at the school.