Speaking from the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted President Trump for his “lack of leadership” in the wake of a New York City terrorist attack.
Schumer said: “President Trump where is your leadership? The contrast between President Bush’s actions after 9/11 and President Trump’s actions this morning could not be starker.”
Schumer contrasted Trump’s tweets with President George W. Bush’s response after the 9/11 attacks, noting the Republican president invited him and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton to the White House.
“In a moment of national tragedy, President Bush understood the meaning of his high office. ….President Trump instead of politicizing and dividing America…should be bringing us together and focusing on the real solution: anti-terrorism funding,” Schumer said.
The White House’s proposed budget cut anti-terrorism grant funding. Schumer added on Wednesday that he wants Trump to rescind the proposed cuts.
Trump attacked the Senate’s top Democrat in an early morning tweet over an immigration program that allowed the suspect in Tuesday’s attack Sayfullo Saipov, who is in custody after driving a truck through bicyclists and pedestrians in New York, to enter the United States. Eight people were killed in the attack in lower Manhattan.
Schumer immediately fired back on Twitter saying “I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also defended Schumer noting their 2013 immigration bill nixed the Diversity Visa Program.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 1, 2017