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Washington, Idaho leaders respond to Trump’s inauguration

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, as his wife Melania holds the bible, and with his children Barron, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Bourg / AP)
President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, as his wife Melania holds the bible, and with his children Barron, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Bourg / AP)

Tweets and statements from Washington and Idaho leaders in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president:

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane

This is the positive disruption Americans have been waiting for, and now we’re ready to make America great again.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This is the positive disruption Americans have been waiting for, and now we’re ready to make America great again. <a href=”https://t.co/O2e0GzNtYH”>https://t.co/O2e0GzNtYH</a></p>&mdash; CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) <a href=”https://twitter.com/cathymcmorris/status/822493875260583939”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Statement: “It’s an exciting time in our nation’s capital. An Inauguration is a time of new beginnings. It brings with it hope of a better tomorrow for everyone in this country. We cherish the peaceful transfer of power. Today means a fresh start and an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. We have new leadership and a unified Republican government. This moment is a call from the American people – it’s time to be legendary, to think big, and to reimagine government. It’s time to put the voice of every man, woman, and child in this country back where it belongs: at the core of our representative government.

“I look forward to working with President Trump and Vice President Pence to offer relief to workers and families across this country. This is the positive disruption Americans have been waiting for, and now we’re ready to make America great again.

The Spokesman-Review requested an interview with McMorris Rodgers, but her staff said her schedule wouldn’t allow it. The congresswoman is scheduled to attend a Congressional luncheon and the inauguration parade, followed by a Washington State Society Inaugural Ball on Saturday night.

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho

My congratulations to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Time to get to work:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>My congratulations to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Time to get to work: <a href=”https://t.co/Niuh4J2AQt”>https://t.co/Niuh4J2AQt</a></p>&mdash; Raúl R. Labrador (@Raul_Labrador) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Raul_Labrador/status/822507085099368450”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Statement: “I’m excited. Let’s get to work.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

Statement: “Today, we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power that has been the hallmark of our democracy since its founding. In this election, voters chose a candidate who put forth a vision to create an opportunity society for Americans. This vision builds on conservative principles of a limited government, finally reining in irresponsible federal spending, a strong national defense, and an emphasis on free market principles. These policies will enable all Americans to build and achieve their own American dream, while strengthening our economy and allowing businesses to grow and thrive. Today, President Trump took the oath of office and will, together with Congress, begin to implement a policy agenda that delivers opportunities for our nation. It was a privilege to be part of today’s ceremonies and I congratulate President Trump on becoming our 45th President. I look forward to the work ahead and setting a sound course for our nation.”

U.S. Sen Jim Risch, R-Idaho

Statement: “Congratulations to President Donald J. Trump on becoming our 45th President of the United States. It was a privilege to be a part of today’s ceremonies and to witness the peaceful transfer of power between presidential administrations. Now, with a unified government, the Legislative and Executive branches have an opportunity to work together and address the issues most concerning to Americans. This includes reforming our broken regulatory system and tax code, reducing our nation’s out of control spending, and addressing the costs associated with health care. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the new administration toward these goals.”

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington

Murray posted a statement to Facebook on Friday morning explaining her attendance at the inauguration, in spite of the decision of some lawmakers not to go. You can read the full statement at this link, but here is an excerpt:

“Many members of Congress have chosen not to attend this inauguration as an act of protest against President-elect Trump. I respect that, and I support them.

“Here is what I am doing: I am going to this Inauguration not to celebrate the start of this new Administration, but to stand with President Obama to represent the families of Washington state in witnessing the peaceful transfer of power in our great country. And to stand up tall in front of the Capitol building as Donald Trump becomes President to make sure he knows that we will not back down, we will not give up, and we will never stop fighting. Then I am going to the women’s march to join the millions of others across the country who are making their voices heard too.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Statement: “I want to thank President Barack Obama, who served eight years with a level of grace, dignity, diligence and humor that inspired a renewed confidence and respect in our nation from people around the world. His legacy will be marked by his passion for public service, justice and fairness and by his genuine love for his country and its people. I wish him and his family all the best.

“Today we witnessed the peaceful transition of power. And today we are reminded that the best thing we can do is concentrate on protecting and promoting our values in our state, whether in Carnation, where I’m visiting schools this morning to promote more education funding or in Spokane, where I spoke yesterday about the need to protect our health care.

“Nothing will diminish our irrevocable commitment to our state to represent who we are at our core. Our state has a proud history of inclusivity and compassion for all – regardless of class, race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status or sexual orientation. This legacy is integral to the character of our state and a foundation for what makes the Evergreen State so exceptional.

“No president or administration can change that. We’ll continue our fight and ensure that whatever happens in the other Washington, this Washington will remain a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all.”

Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib

Let today be remembered by historians as the beginning of the end of white nationalism, chauvinist politics, and voter apathy in America.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Let today be remembered by historians as the beginning of the end of white nationalism, chauvinist politics, and voter apathy in America.</p>&mdash; Cyrus Habib (@cyrushabib) <a href=”https://twitter.com/cyrushabib/status/822505200724295681”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane

Sincere thank you to BObama for his service to America. Disagreed with the policy, but appreciated his dignity and inspiration. God Bless.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sincere thank you to BObama for his service to America. Disagreed with the policy, but appreciated his dignity and inspiration. God Bless.</p>&mdash; Michael Baumgartner (@VoteBaumgartner) <a href=”https://twitter.com/VoteBaumgartner/status/822495838928670720”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Excited to see what the leadership of DTrump brings and wish him well. Love his call of power to the people and his appointments. God Bless.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Excited to see what the leadership of DTrump brings and wish him well. Love his call of power to the people and his appointments. God Bless.</p>&mdash; Michael Baumgartner (@VoteBaumgartner) <a href=”https://twitter.com/VoteBaumgartner/status/822496554506285057”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley

A NEW DAY DAWNS IN AMERICA UNDER GOD “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” President Trump #PatriotsRise

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>A NEW DAY DAWNS IN AMERICA UNDER GOD &quot;When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.&quot; President Trump <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PatriotsRise?src=hash”>#PatriotsRise</a></p>&mdash; Matt Shea (@RepMattShea) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RepMattShea/status/822515489557487617”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene:

I wish the best to my President…the one who has just completed his service, and the one who has just begun.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I wish the best to my President…the one who has just completed his service, and the one who has just begun.</p>&mdash; Luke Malek (@LukeMalek) <a href=”https://twitter.com/LukeMalek/status/822501691069054978”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Spokane Valley City Councilman Ed Pace

The National Anthem just brought tears to my eyes. God Bless President Trump and God Bless America!

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The National Anthem just brought tears to my eyes. God Bless President Trump and God Bless America!</p>&mdash; Councilman Ed Pace (@councilmanpace) <a href=”https://twitter.com/councilmanpace/status/822497120401752065”>January 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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