What Trump’s ‘Naked Gun’ tweet means for Congress
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said the president is being “extremely unprofessional” in his use of Twitter and that it has caused “anxiety.”
The White House is “not going to stop tweeting about anything,” Schumer said in an interview with MSNBC.
“We’re not going to go away.
We’ve been very vocal about the issues that we’ve been pushing, the issues we’ve pushed through Congress, and we’ve done a great job.”
Schumer said the Trump administration is “really trying to be the president that we’re not” and that the president has been using “a lot of very unprofessional and inappropriate language.”
The tweet comes after Trump announced Monday that the White House would be temporarily suspending all White House press briefings on Tuesday, effective immediately.
The White invective from the president comes after the House and Senate voted Monday to pass a new health care bill that would leave millions without health insurance and expand Medicaid to cover an additional 4.5 million Americans.
Schumer added that the President’s tweet was a “disaster for democracy.”
The Senate vote was one of several that took place on Monday, when Republicans in the upper chamber used procedural maneuvers to stall the bill.
Schmidt also told MSNBC he would like the President to apologize for the tweet.
“I would love to have a President apologize for this tweet,” Schumer told MSNBC.
“It was a very, very inappropriate tweet.
I think we’re at a point where we need to look at what’s going on.””
We have a very clear and well-established process in our government where we can make these sorts of decisions without a lot of political pressure.”
The president has faced criticism from fellow Republicans for using Twitter as a way to connect with his base of supporters, but Schumer defended the president’s use of social media to communicate.
“He has a Twitter account, so he has an opportunity to use his Twitter account to get out there and make his point of view.
He does that all the time, but I think it’s a very serious matter for him to be trying to connect to his base,” Schumer continued.
Schumys Democratic colleague, Sen. Cory Booker (D, N.J.), also took issue with the president.
“What this tweet does is create a huge political firestorm in our nation’s capital,” Booker said in a statement.
“The president needs to apologize.”
“I do not think the President should have used Twitter as an instrument to undermine the work of other elected officials,” Booker added.
“This tweet has no place in our democracy.”
Democrats have said they are considering bringing a motion to the Senate floor demanding that Trump apologize for using the platform to make his views known.
Schulz, who has said he wants to push for a health care plan that would give insurance to more people, said that was not his goal but that Democrats were looking to get some kind of response from the White President.
“The President has the right to have his own opinion.
We’re looking for a way forward, but the President needs to stop his antics and use his time wisely to actually be in the public interest,” Schumer added.