The day after the Senate was unable to pass a spending bill to keep the government operational for a few weeks, Congressional leaders took the opportunity to get their talking points in order and grandstand in floor speeches. Following tough-sounding addresses by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used his Senate floor speech to lay the blame for the shutdown at President Donald Trump’s feet.
Having stated that McConnell has bullied Democrats time and time again by forcing them to “take it or leave it” with legislation, Schumer moved on to highlighting that he attempted to negotiate a deal with the president in the waning hours before the shutdown. And, in Schumer’s opinion, the president just keeps backing away from commitments.
“He’s turned blowing up bipartisan agreements into an art form,” the New York Democrat said. “The president can’t take yes for an answer. Twice in this long debate, President Trump walked away from partisan deals to solve all of the issues before us.”
Schumer went on to bring up that he actually agreed for funding of the Mexican border wall as a compromise to get Trump to say yes and believed they may actually have a deal.
“On the thorniest issue of immigration, the president said many times he would take a deal that included DACA in exchange for the wall,” the Minority Leader declared. “I put that deal on the table in the oval office in a sincere effort at compromise. I put the wall on the table in exchange for strong DACA protections in the Graham/Durbin compromise.”
And then, we got this observation:
“What’s even more frustrating than President Trump’s intransigence is the way he seems amenable to these compromises before completely switching positions and backing off. Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jello. That’s why this compromise will be called the Trump Shutdown.”
Yep, that line is going to stick. And we just know the president won’t let that slide.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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