House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer offered some “expert advice” to President Trump just hours before his State of the Union address, telling the Commander-in-Chief to thank former President Barack Obama for the booming economy and unprecedented stock market growth.
The liberal legislator was speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon when he called on the President to “admit” that “he inherited the healthy economy” from his predecessor; adding much of the strong economic recovery was “created by President Obama’s policies.”
“The president will be eager to defend the accomplishments of his nascent administration and take credit for a healthy American economy, pointing to low employment, job growth, and a soaring stock market,” Schumer said. “But the truth is these trends were present before Donald Trump took office.”
“President Trump was handed an already healthy economy by his predecessor,” he claimed. “Like many things in his life, he inherited the healthy economy. Here are two words we won’t hear President Trump say tonight about the economy – thanks, Obama – because much of the growth in 2017 was created by President Obama’s policies and by many measures the growth under President Obama was better than under President Trump.”
h/t Town Hall
HOT MIC: Chuck Schumer Caught on Tape Praising President Trump
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was caught on a hot microphone praising his relationship with President Trump, adding that the “President likes me!” and saying he advised the Commander-in-Chief to continue to reach out to democratic legislators.
Sen. Schumer can be heard discussing his recent dinner meeting with the President, speaking with a democratic colleague over his conversations with President Trump regarding DACA legislation.
“Sorry, just got here. Anything new?” asked Schumer, adding “He likes us! He likes me, anyway,” with a slight laugh.
“Here’s what I told him,” Schumer continued. “I said, ‘Mr. President, you’re much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left. If you have to step just in one direction, you’re boxed.’ He gets that.”
President Trump has increasingly signaled his willingness to reach across the aisle to advance his agenda; side-stepping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, both of whom seem unable to pass significant legislation the President campaigned on.
Wednesday night, the President met with both Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to strike a deal that would extend the DACA program, but also significantly beef-up security along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
Listen to Schumer’s comments above.
BARACK STRIKES BACK: Obama Jumps into Alabama Senate Race, RIPS Roy Moore
Former President Barack Obama waded into Alabama’s special election race on Monday, blasting GOP nominee Roy Moore in a series of recorded phone messages that urged residents to “get out and vote” for Democrat Doug Jones.
“Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress,” says the former President. “Doug will be our champion for justice. So, get out and vote, Alabama.”
“This one’s serious,” Obama adds. “You can’t sit it out.”
President Donald Trump recorded a similar message last week, imploring GOP supports to help send Roy Moore to the United States Congress; adding that the last thing Alabama residents want is Doug Jones representing them in the US Senate.
“We need Roy voting for us,” Trump says in the recording. “I am stopping illegal immigration and crime. We’re building a stronger military and protecting the Second Amendment and our pro-life values. But if Alabama elects liberal Democrat Doug Jones, all of our progress will be stopped cold. We already know Democrat Doug Jones is a puppet of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and he will vote with the Washington liberals every single time.”
Embattled GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore is behind in recent polling, following weeks of controversies surrounding his candidacy. Last month, multiple women came forward and acused the Alabama judge of inappropriate sexual relationships while the women were teenagers nearly 40 years ago.