Philly-area politicians comment on Trump's call for unity, push for security

Tim Jimenez
February 06, 2019 - 7:49 am
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Senators and members of Congress from the Philadelphia region were in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night for President Trump's State of the Union Address. 

Trump wanted to give a message of unity, and 2020 Democratic presidential contender New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who hopes one day to deliver his own State of the Union Address, responded on Twitter.

"It takes more than a nod to unity at the top of a speech to bring our country together. Our president has spent the last two years trying to drive us apart. Actions speak louder than words," he wrote.

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On the other side of the aisle is Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick out of Bucks County. He had praise for the president's push for unity, adding, "I am glad the President continued this tradition and conveyed a message of American prosperity and security."

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said in a statement, "President Trump also made a reasonable case for enhancing security at our southern border." 

Toomey said he wants to see "comporimise that improves border security — including physical barriers where requested by Customs and Border Protection,"  but he continues to disagree with how the Trump administration is handling trade — tarrifs in particular, saying they're hurting American families and workers. 

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Toomey's Democratic counterpart Sen. Bob Casey released a statement that was completely critical of the president, saying he wants the president to make a pledge of "no more shutdowns."