The President and the US Senate Minority Leader are the keys players in the United States of America getting a budget bill passed to keep things running….
One’s from Brooklyn….
The other is from Queens…
One is a old-time political by trade…
The other is a Real Estate/Entertainer by trade….
They both admit that they continue to get along as they have for years….
It is probably going be up to Schumer the politician to try to find a way to get Trump to come to some sort of CONCRETE agreement for more then ten minutes….
It ain’t gonna be easy…
“If he were to call me again, I’d go in and talk to him again,” Schumer said of Trump. But the Democrat said he also gave White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly a warning about allowing Trump to take advice from immigration restrictionists including White House adviser Stephen Miller and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
“You will never have a deal if Cotton and Miller have veto power,” Schumer said he told Kelly.
If there is a silver lining for Schumer, it is that he believes the shutdown is unlikely to dent the high hopes Democrats have for the fall. If there is no resolution this spring and young people previously given status are deported in large numbers, the cost will fall harder on Republicans, he said.
“The specter of deportations is hanging there,” he said. “That could be devastating to Paul Ryan’s caucus and particularly the most vulnerable members.”
At the same time, Schumer wants to keep Democrats focused on an economic populist message in the fall, in part for the sake of those 10 Democrats in Trump states. With only three realistic pickup opportunities, holding those seats is crucial.
In several of those vulnerable states, including Montana, Missouri and Indiana, the issue of immigration could hurt Democratic incumbents, most of whom maneuvered during the shutdown to avoid votes that could be seen as choosing immigration over military funding. “We believe strongly in the dreamers, but we can’t just let that occupy the whole stage,” Schumer said. “We have to fight for middle class.”
He spends an enormous amount of energy making sure his five most vulnerable 2018 incumbents are protected to vote as they need. His direction to the caucus has been to focus 2018 messaging on retaking the economic populist message from Trump.
“He is helping the wealthy and corporations; we are fighting for the middle class,” Schumer said. “That is the sentence.”
The recent signs, he said, are good for Democrats. “Across the country, large numbers of voters, even those who support Donald Trump, would prefer a check on Donald Trump rather than someone who will just go along with Donald Trump,” he said….