Sen. Chris Van Hollen berated President Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party Friday for what he said was a year in office that "severely tested our democracy."
"The president could have started his first term by focusing on the economic priority he spoke most about during his campaign — putting more people to work in good paying jobs by investing in modernizing our national infrastructure."
"Instead, he took a very different approach," the Maryland Democrat said before listing policy changes the Trump administration and Congress attempted to make in 2017.
The senator cited what liberals view as Trump's biggest mistakes: attempting to repeal Obamacare; failing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs; overhauling the tax code; refusing to condemn the white supremacists who protested in Charlottesville, Va.; implementing a temporary travel ban; withdrawing from the Paris Agreement; and not punishing Russia for its interference in the 2016 elections.
"So, after one year in office, it turns out that Donald Trump’s campaign talk about helping the ‘forgotten men and women’ was just that – talk. His actions have betrayed hardworking Americans throughout our country," Van Hollen said.
"Despite all this, as we enter the second year of the Trump presidency, I have faith in the resiliency, judgment, and goodness of the American people," he added.
Van Hollen rallied the base to continue resisting Trump policies as the president heads into his second year in office Saturday.