EMU students react to Trump’s presidential address

President Trump announced there is a humanitarian crisis at our southern board Tuesday night in a presidential address. 

He is unwilling to support a spending bill proposed by Democrats that doesn’t include $5.7 billion in funding for a steel barrier along the border shared by the U.S. and Mexico. 

The president insisted that he will keep the government shut down for as long as it takes for Democrats to support his plan.

When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God.

President Trump

Students at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) expressed their thoughts on the speech.

Alexa Cooley is a political science major who disagrees with the president.

I think he used a lot of scare tactics and made a lot of grandiose claims that were not exactly true. He exploited victims of these crimes for his own gain in crafting the narrative that these immigrants are dangerous, and they aren’t. They are just searching for a better life.

Alexa Cooley

Steve Kwasny graduated from EMU last year and is a former member of the College Democrats. He disagreed with the president’s strategies to increase border security.

If you really cared about America you wouldn’t be holding 400,000 people hostage. He presented a few valid points with trouble processing everyone but building a steel structure isn’t going to solve anything.


Reid Scott is a member of Student Government and a journalism major who agreed with the president’s policies.

I thought President Trump was very articulate in getting his point across. That was a huge chunk of why he was elected.

Reid Scott

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a rebuttal following the president’s remarks.

The president has chosen fear. We want to start with the facts.

Nancy Pelosi

The Democratic leaders agree that border security is an issue that should be debated, but not at the cost of a government shutdown. They feel new technology and personnel at the border is more important than a border wall.

The symbol of America should be the statue of liberty, not a 30-foot wall.

Chuck Shumer

The House of Representatives passed spending bills Wednesday that would fund some agencies affected by the shutdown but are expected to fail in a Republican-controlled Senate. Schumer continues expressed his optimism that both bills would pass with bipartisan support if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put them on the floor.

President Trump has insisted on using his veto power if the bills pass, with no sign of a two-thirds majority to overrule the veto.


Published by Andrew Lenzo

Editor and writer for the Eastern Echo.

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