Triangle resident attends Trump's speech, is unimpressed

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Triangle resident attends President Trump's speech to Congress
Faisal Khan attended President Donald Trump's speech as a guest of Democratic NC Rep. David Price.

MORRISVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) -- Among the hundreds in attendance for President Donald Trump's first joint address to Congress was Triangle resident Faisal Khan.

"I don't think the substance has changed much," says Khan as he recalled Tuesday's speech. "He calls himself the President for all Americans, but he comes short of condemning violence against Muslim-Americans."


Watch President Donald Trump's full speech in his first address of the joint Congress.

Following Trump's speech, critics have said the speech made him sound very presidential. CNN analyst Van Jones said Trump "became president" after delivering the speech.


Khan disagrees. "I think one thing that when you start supporting and agreeing on things like hate, and racism, and bigotry, and xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia -- that's dangerous."

Early in his Tuesday night address, however, Trump said, "While we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms."

Faisal Khan with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and NC Rep. David Price.
Courtesy of Faisal Khan

North Carolina Democratic Rep. David Price invited Khan to be his guest at Tuesday's address because of his work with immigrant and refugee advocacy in the Triangle.

Khan says he was glad to attend, but disappointed that it was to hear Trump speak. He was excited to meet House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and newly-elected Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.

Faisal Khan meets Thomas Perez, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Courtesy of Faisal Khan

"At the end of the day, until you get up for your own country ... things not going to change," Khan told ABC11. "The silver lining is a lot of people are coming out, getting involved in political processes and activism, people that have never stepped out of their homes."

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