President Donald Trump will have the opportunity to present a "pretty impressive" look back at the past year during his State of the Union address, Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said Tuesday.
"We've got record low unemployment, wages are at a 10-year high, business confidence is that a record level and consumer confidence is also at a record level," Sen. Thune told Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime." "I hope the president will talk about things he intends to continue on that path toward greater opportunities and job growth for the American people."
There is always room for improvement, Thune conceded, but he still does not think Trump gets as much credit as he deserves for what he has accomplished.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the ongoing discussions on border security, Thune said he believes there are some Democrats, aside from their party leaders, who are willing to support parts of his plan, just not a miles-long physical wall.
"It's hard to get around the leadership," Thune said. "That's why I'm hoping this conference committee will be able to move forward independently without taking their direction from Nancy Pelosi . . . the president certainly has expected an openness and willingness to do it."
It is not in anyone's best interest to have another government shutdown, Thune also said.
"I think the best solution is for the Democrats to come to the table and support things they voted for in the past," Thune said. "The president has been very reasonable, flexible, willing to negotiate, willing to meet the Democrats halfway."
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