Blumenauer to skip Trump's State of the Union again
When President Donald Trump delivers the annual State of the Union address, at least one Oregonian's face will be missing from the crowd.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, D-OR, announced that he will not attend the traditional update on the nation's status, held this year on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
In his place, Blumenauer invited Nate Mook, executive director of the Word Central Kitchen, to listen to the speech.
The World Central Kitchen was founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres, and Blumenauer says it has provided millions of meals to the hungry, including survivors of Hurricane Maria and furloughed federal workers during the recent partial government shutdown.
"The thought of spending Tuesday night in the House Chamber listening to the reckless, self-centered man who occupies the White House holds no interest for me," Blumenauer said. "Just like in past years, I plan to skip a speech that will be filled with lies, deception and divisiveness."
He continued: "The amount of damage, division and confusion Trump has inflicted on the American people over the last six weeks has been a blemish on the new Congress and I refuse to be witness to his continued antics."
This will be the third year in a row that the Oregon congressman has not attended the State of the Union.