Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Statement on President Trump’s First Week in Office

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s first week in office:

“For the past seven days, we’ve watched Donald Trump’s decision-making process being driven by his profound insecurity rather than what’s best for hard-working Americans. As a former investigative reporter, I’ve been extremely disturbed by the steady stream of false information coming from the President and his Administration – from undeniably false allegations of widespread voter fraud to something as petty and small as arguing about the size of his inaugural audience. And once presented with facts, one of Trump’s top advisors responded that the media should ‘keep its mouth shut.

“This is not normal, and it goes well beyond the normal disagreements between political parties.

“Just one week in, President Trump’s erratic temperament and utter lack of preparedness is already wreaking havoc on the American people. His impulsive federal hiring freeze could break the backbone of our VA system. His diplomacy-by-tweet approach to foreign affairs is damaging our credibility around the world. His reckless demand to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it will increase prescription drug costs for seniors, deny care to millions of Americans with preexisting conditions and put the profits of insurance companies ahead of the health of our families.

“This week, President Trump also broke his signature promise to the American people. After years of making the ridiculous claim that ‘Mexico will pay for the wall,’ President Trump flip-flopped and now American taxpayers will have to foot the bill.

“The Presidency doesn’t come with training wheels – I strongly urge President Trump to put down his unsecured cell phone, turn off the TV and start doing the job he was elected to do. The American people do not care about the size of his inaugural audience or the ratings of his interviews. They care about their jobs, their healthcare and their children’s future. They deserve competent, stable and honest leadership from the President of the United States.

“Democrats stand ready to work with President Trump if he will end this behavior and start putting working families first, but if this week is a model for the rest of his Presidency, we’ll have no choice but to resist.”