Coons shares policy concerns in Delaware State News interview

DOVER — Chris Coons, a Democrat who serves as Delaware’s junior senator, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

Sen. Coons, who was first elected in 2010 and has championed bipartisanship during his time in Washington, is diametrically opposed to some of the administration’s core policies and believes the country could take a step back over the next four years.

He offered his thoughts on health care, immigration, political division and more in a wide-ranging on-camera interview Friday at Polytech High School.

Delaware State News reporter Matt Bittle, left, questions U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

Some of the highlights:

On immigration: “Without some compromise, we’re not going to make progress on this issue. We have a badly broken immigration system, and I think what we’re seeing so far from the Trump administration is a focus on enforcement, on much more aggressive deportation and enforcement.

On health care: “If the Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act without working with any Democrats and without any proposal for how to replace it and how to deal with more than 10 million Americans who will be thrown off of health care, I think there will be some real consequences for them.”

On how Delawareans feel about the administration: “I’ve gotten a very wide range of input. I’ve gotten more phone calls, emails, Facebook posts, tweets in the last month than at any point in my six years, and a few of Trump’s nominees were so controversial that I got overwhelming opposition.”

On Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: “I’ve got a lot of homework to do. I look forward to digging into his judicial record, and then we’re going to have confirmation hearings, probably about I think three weeks from now.”

On division: “When I got to the Senate in 2010 — this was during the tea party wave — it seemed like it was a pretty divided partisan period. It has only gotten worse since then.”

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