President Donald Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, highlighting his legislative priorities for the coming year. While Trump sounds like a populist when he speaks, his policies are those of a right-wing conservative. Although he talked about the budget, infrastructure, and special interest influence in government, he gave few specifics on his plans.
U.S. PIRG offers this analysis of his speech:
On consumer protection
"While candidate Donald Trump campaigned against Wall Street and on behalf of ordinary Americans," said Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG consumer program director, “unfortunately President Trump's hirings and actions so far, including what he said tonight, leave us very concerned that his plan is now to help Congress dismantle hard-fought financial protections, including the successful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, enacted after the spectacular economic collapse just eight years ago. Hang onto your wallets: consumers, savers, investors, and taxpayers."