Monday, January 30, 2017

THE RESISTANCE - Trump World 1/23/2017

"Sen. Schumer on Democratic opposition under Trump" PBS NewsHour 1/23/2017


SUMMARY:  As the Republican-led House and Senate seek to help President Trump deliver on many of his campaign promises, Democrats -- led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer -- plan to make it a bumpy road.  Schumer sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the president's debut, the challenge of repealing the Affordable Care act, Trump's Cabinet nominees and where both parties might work together.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Republican control of the House and Senate offers President Trump an opportunity to deliver on many of his campaign promises.  But Democrats plan to make that a rocky road.

The main voice of the opposition is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

We sat down at the Capitol this afternoon.

And I began by asking him how he would characterize these first days of the Trump administration.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, Minority Leader:  It's been bumpy, to say the least.

The rollout, so to speak, at the CIA was really terrible, to stand on sacred ground, people who had given their lives for our country, and then to spend all his time talking about extraneous things that related to himself.

You know, what he has to realize is, he's president, not candidate.  Instead of talking about the numbers of people who showed up at his inauguration, he ought to be talking about the number of people he's gotten into the middle class, gotten good-paying jobs.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Well, already this morning and over the last few days, he started signing executive orders.

One of them has to do with the Trans-Pacific partnership, the trade pact.  There was another one on the Affordable Care Act.  So they are making some statements, aren't they?

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER:  But some of these mean very little.

The TPP was dead long before he became President.  If he wanted to do something real on trade, he could have done what he promised to do over and over again in his campaign, call China a currency manipulator.  He said, on the first day I'm in office, I will call China a currency manipulator.

That would have done something.

On his ACA, on the Obamacare, he said, keep the good things, get rid of the bad things and obey the law.

They're so locked in a terrible position on ACA.  In other words, they want to keep the good things and repeal it, but they don't know how to do it.

"Do Americans care about Trump's feud with the press?" PBS NewsHour 1/23/2017


SUMMARY:  It was a weekend of conflict over facts between the Trump administration and the news media.  Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Tamara Keith of NPR, and Reuters' Jeff Mason president of the White House Correspondents' Association, join Judy Woodruff to discuss the president's tense relationship with the press and more.

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