Schumer: NYC should stop protecting Trump family if feds don’t pay up

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Sen. Charles Schumer (Screen snip YouTube, PBS)

On Saturday, the Washington Examiner reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, wants law enforcement in New York to stop protecting the First Family if the federal government doesn’t pay up.

“[Mayor Bill de Blasio] ought to tell the Congress if we don’t pay for it, New York City cops aren’t guarding it, and let the Feds put more people in,” the New York Democrat told Buzzfeed. “That’s what I think he should do.”

According to the Washington Examiner:

New York City spent $24 million providing security for Trump Tower between election day and and the inauguration, according to city officials. Those costs have continued as first lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump won’t move to the White House until after he finishes the school year.

“We are seeking full federal reimbursement for all costs incurred related to security for President Trump and his family at Trump Tower,” de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein, told Reuters. “Trump Tower itself now presents a target to those who wish to commit acts of terror against our country, further straining our limited counterterrorism resources.”

Trump is expected to return to New York on May 4, where he will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball aboard an aircraft carrier.

Buzzfeed added:

It was a typically confrontational suggestion from the New York senator and Senate minority leader, who is ex officio the leader of the official resistance to Donald Trump.

Speaking in his ornate office in the Capitol building Friday as Washington assesses Trump’s first 100 days, Schumer had nothing good to say about his former donor and constituent. The Trump Administration has been “a huge disappointment to most Americans” and demonstrated “sheer incompetence,” he said.

To Trump’s remark that he thought the presidency “would be easier” than his previous career, Schumer said: “Good morning! Mr. President, you’re in the big leagues now. Of course it’s going to take a lot of work, it’s probably the hardest job in the world.”

Trump, naturally, hasn’t pulled any punches, calling Schumer a poor and weak leader.

According to Breitbart:

Discussing the opposition from Democrats to his plans to build a border wall, Trump said, “Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress have no leadership, they are rudderless.”

“Senator Schumer is a bad leader. I’ve known him a long time, Senator Schumer is a bad leader, not a natural leader at all. He works hard to study leadership … Well if you have to study leadership you’ve got problems,” Trump said.

“His policies are hurting innocent Americans and making it easier for drug dealers to enter our country. Schumer is weak on crime and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. He is a poor leader, and he is leading the Democrats to doom,” Trump continued.

What do you think?  Is Schumer’s rhetoric totally unacceptable?  Let us know in the comments below.


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