Two Democratic senators offered some kind words for President Donald Trump's "tone," but question his facts and proposals while on MSNBC Wednesday.
"First, I want to compliment him on the tone," said Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
"I think there is a low bar here and there is grading on a curve because we have become accustomed to the way Donald Trump has talked to the American people and this was different. So I want to acknowledge that."
However, she doubted his trillion dollar infrastructure injection "will get any roads built in rural Missouri. Because I don't think businesses can pencil out bridges and roads in rural America that supported Donald Trump."
McCaskill confirmed in February that she would run for reelection in 2018, but admitted she may face a primary challenger due to the fractured state of the Democratic Party.
"But here's the thing that was weird about the speech to me," she told host Mika Brzezinski. "I think we've got to say, this is a guy in a death struggle with the truth. This is a guy who embellishment is his best friend.
"He said a number of things last night that just simply aren't true. And I don't understand why he feels the need to do that. We would all be better off if he would stick to the facts. Because how do we reach a compromise if we don't start with the same set of facts?"
McCaskill was joined by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, whose state Trump won by 43 percent in November. The senator conceded that although he is a Democrat, he's "a West Virginia Democrat. That doesn't always coincide with what goes on up here in the National Democratic Party.
"But I'm very independent and I'm very defensive of my country. And I'm very defensive of my state so I'm going to fight for that."
Manchin did identify one area where he trusts Trump to help the American people.
"This man has the ability to correct the unfair trade deals that we have. I truly believe that. He understands business. He can sit down and make a deal. And I've been saying this all along. I always say, boy I wish I was dealing with the United States government, what patsies they are. I've always said that Joe. And I've felt that. And I said they don't know how to make a deal. He understands that."
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