Schumer Resists: Didn't See Any Point of Agreement With Trump

By Susan Jones | March 1, 2017 | 8:35am EST
President Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer during a reception at the White House on Jan. 23, 2017. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

( - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told several morning news shows on Wednesday that he didn't hear anything from Donald Trump Tuesday night that he could support.

All talk, no action, Schumer said about Trump. "With this president, more than any others, speeches are detached from reality.”

Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s “Today” show, asked Schumer Wednesday morning: “Give me one thing the president said in that speech last night, Senator, when you found yourself saying, 'Yes, I can join him and get behind him on that issue.’”

“Well, Matt, here's the problem," Schumer replied. "He's given a whole lot of speeches, and we've seen that the speeches and the reality don't match. I'll say yes when he comes up with something that really helps working people and says, I want to work with Democrats, here's my proposal—”

Lauer interrupted: “So in an hour, you didn't hear one thing that you can stand behind this morning?”

Schumer admitted he was "touched" by Trump's mention of the fallen soldier's widow: "But no, it's hard to see any place where the president actually has done something for working people.”

Schumer continued: “So you know a speech has a shelf life. People forgot his inaugural speech. He had 40 days -- very difficult time -- because he's not governing like his speeches. I predict the same thing is going to happen. This speech is going to be forgotten in a day or two, and where's the action? Where's the actual doing things to helping working people? That’s what we want, that's what we're waiting for.”

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Schumer faced similar questions.

Contributor Mark Halperin asked Schumer, “Senator, do you want Donald Trump to be a successful president, and do you think he can be?"

“Well, the issue is not whether Donald Trump is a successful president or Chuck Schumer is a successful minority leader. The only issue is, are we going to help the middle class people in America and those trying to get to the middle class? Thus far, this administration has done virtually nothing to help them and a good number of things to hurt them.”

Schumer said the reason Trump has had so much trouble in his first 40 days -- and the reason he’ll keep having trouble -- is "they don't walk the walk."

Halperin asked Schumer again: "Do think he can be a successful president for America, and do you want him to be?”

“OK, here’s what I told him,” Schumer responded. “When you (Trump) ran as a candidate you campaigned as a populist against both the Democratic and Republican establishments. Since you became president, you have governed from the hard-right and just done what the hard-right wants.

“And the hard-right is very far away from where the average American, even the average Republican, is. That’s why his budget is already having such trouble in the Congress with Republicans, that’s why health care is such a mess – their plans to repeal and replace.”

“Morning Joe” contributor Willie Geist followed Halperin’s two questions with a similar one of his own:

“Give us one piece of that speech, or one issue you heard there, where you thought, OK, maybe we can work with this president on that.”

“Well again, you know, no talk the talk. He’s been doing that for a long time…We need to see plans. You know, like infrastructure,” Schumer said.

The senator noted that Democrats have put together an infrastructure plan but have heard nothing from the president on that issue.

In both interviews, Schumer stuck to the Democrat talking point that Trump “talks to the working people of America,” but sides with the “special interests hurting working America.”

Far from draining the swamp, Schumer said Trump’s Cabinet is the swamp – full of billionaires, Wall Street moguls and bankers.

(Highly successful businessmen and women are not considered to be hard-working Americans in the Democrats’ playbook. Democrat references to “working people” generally encompass lower-income, less educated and sometimes struggling Americans who may need government assistance to make ends meet.)

Throughouut his campaign and even in his speech Tuesday night, Trump promised to "bring back millions of jobs," so more Americans can rely on a paycheck rather than government assistance.

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