WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Wolf Blitzer on CNN today ahead of President Trump’s address this evening to a joint session of Congress.

"I think Donald Trump has proven that he knows how to campaign, but it’s not clear if he knows how to govern," said Senator Coons. "If he lays out an optimistic bold speech tonight in which he’s willing to compromise on some key issues—immigration being one of them—I think we might begin to make progress here. But he would have to be willing to compromise on some of the very hard edge positions he took in the course of the campaign."

The proposals that I’m hearing are in the works to significantly cut funding to the State Department and to USAID are very ill-advised exactly at this time, because in order to defeat ISIS, we need to not just defeat them on the battlefield, we need to then be able to hold the territory formerly held by ISIS and strengthen governance,” said Senator Coons. “That requires diplomats and development professionals, and I think President Trump, if he proposes tonight as is rumored a significant cut to funding for the State Department and USAID, that proposal will be dead on arrival here in the Senate.”

Full audio and video available here.