WASHINGTON—Senator Mitt Romney released the following statement regarding the president’s State of the Union address:
“The president’s speech was strong, well-delivered, and appealed to our patriotism and common values as Americans. He highlighted several critical policy areas where there are opportunities for both parties to work together – including lowering health care costs, reforming trade policies to better protect American workers, and strengthening border security and immigration enforcement. These are priorities that I share and will work to advance in the Senate.
“The Trump Administration deserves credit for working to cut taxes and regulations, which have helped boost our economy and raise wages. When it comes to foreign policy, I have been encouraged by the administration’s decisions to support the people of Venezuela and take a hard line against Iranian aggression. While I welcome efforts by the administration to reach a political solution in Afghanistan and eliminate ISIS in Syria, I believe that – based on conditions on the ground – we must maintain a sufficient U.S. presence in both places to protect our national security interests.”