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Schumer Says He’d Rather ‘Keep The Focus On Trump’ Than Solve Border Problems

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” — Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama


In a news story published Tuesday by The Hill headlined “Schumer rejects GOP proposal to address border crisis,” the writer included this paragraph: “Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump.”

“Keep the focus on Trump.”

That’s right, Schumer doesn’t want to solve the problem — God forbid! — he’d rather just “keep the focus on Trump.”

Schumer, who has bashed Trump at every turn and has repeatedly declared that Congress — not the president — should take this action or that, now suddenly wants to defer to Trump. He claims Congress simply can’t solve the problem, but Trump, with the stroke of a pen, can.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer told reporters after he rejected a GOP legislative proposal on Tuesday that would fix the border separation issue. “Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it.”

Asked if he’d wait a long time before taking action, Schumer said, “Let’s hope we never get to that. Let’s hope the president does the right thing and solves the problem, which he can do. That’s the simple, easiest and most likely way this will happen.”

Trump has repeatedly said Congress should solve the problem, as has Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who on Monday told reporters, “Congress alone can fix it.”

McConnell said Tuesday that he wanted the Senate to take up the bill immediately so they could put a permanent fix in place that would stop families from being separated at the border. “We hope to reach out to the Democrats to see if we can get a result,” he said. “Which means making a law and not get into some sparring match back and forth that leads to no conclusion.”

Twitter caught fire after the report in The Hill.

But suddenly, Schumer says Congress is ineffectual and simply unable to fix the problem.

Makes so much sense now that he’s the leader of Senate Democrats, doesn’t it?