Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer noted on Tuesday that he and President Trump have “talked a little bit about working together,” and Schumer explained what Trump needs to do to “improve things.”
And I said to the president, the best way he can show some good faith is support the Dreamers bill, supported by Senators Graham and Durbin, bi-partisan. Urge that we move it to the floor rather quickly and get it done.
“A second thing he can do that can be very helpful and move things in our direction, is support an extension of the cost sharing (an Obamacare fix), because we know that that’s coming out. So there are lots of things that we can do that can improve things, that he seems open to.
And when it comes to President Trump’s long-promised wall on the southern border? Forget about it, Schumer said.
“Look, I made it so, so clear to the president that there is not going to be a wall, in the appropriations process or in others.
“And I heard that somebody, I don’t know who it was, issued today, one of his people? Mark Short issued a statement that says, we’re not going to tie the wall to Dreamers. That’s a very, very good thing and good progress. I’ve told him (Trump) over and over again. At one point, he said to me, go easy on the wall. I said no.”
Schumer said there are many arguments against the wall: “Mexico’s not paying for it, eminent domain, (Interior) Secretary Zinke said he wouldn’t know where to build it along the long reaches of river.
“But there’s also the fact that there are a lot better ways and a lot cheaper ways to provide security at the border. We want to provide security at the border. We want to do it smartly, and we certainly don’t want the symbol of America to the world, which is now the beautiful lady in the harbor with the torch that I represent, to turn into a wall.”