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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Andy Harris Reacts to President Trump's First State of the Union Address

January 31, 2018
In The News

Congressman Andy Harris joined WBAL News Now Wednesday morning to discuss President Trump's State of the Union address, saying he thinks Trump has delivered on promises made.

"Its a phenomenal turnaround," Harris said about Trump's first year, citing economic turnaround and strengthened national security. "He had to make the record public."

More than anything else, Harris liked Trump highlighting American heroes. 

"I liked him highlighting true American heroes," Harris said. "I think America forgets how many, whether they are border patrol agents or men and women in uniform, put their lives on the line every single day to protect them and I think we need to be reminded more often, I applaud the president for doing that."

Some of those mentioned by Trump in the speech were Ashlee Leppert, a technician in the United States Coast Guard who saved dozens of lives during the hurricane season and Ji Seong-ho, a double amputee who escaped North Korea on a pair of wooden crutches and now runs a group called Now Action and Unity for Human Rights. 

Harris says he was surprised about the scene between the two parties last night.  

"For some things he talked about there should be universal bipartisan agreement," Harris said. "The Democrats sat on their hands...they overplayed their hands on a lot of those things." 

Harris says he will not support a bill providing citizenship for dreamers but mentioned that the temporary status they have can be continually renewed. 

"If you want American citizenship you get in line behind all the people who have been trying to do it legally for years," Harris said. 

Listen to the full interview here (WBAL)