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'Hardly a success': Top Dem Schumer rips Trump over first 100 days

Exclusive interview with the Senate minority leader

 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. slammed President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office Sunday, saying Trump had "broken promises to the working people of America."

"I’d say the president’s first 100 days have hardly been a success," Schumer told "Fox News Sunday," adding that Trump had "campaigned as a populist against the Democratic and Republican establishments but he’s governing like someone from the hard-right, wealthy, special interests."

Trump's marked his 100th day in office Saturday without a major legislative accomplishment. An initial effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed in the House of Representatives last month. Last week, the administration backed off a demand to provide for a wall along the southern border in a planned $1 trillion-plus spending bill.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the Democrats were "without a leader" — an apparent shot at Schumer, the highest-ranking Democrat in Washington — and had become "the party of obstruction."

The president also took aim at Schumer during a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. Saturday night, telling the raucous crowd that the New Yorker was "weak on crime and wants to raise your taxes through the roof.

"He is a poor leader — known him a long time — and he’s leading the Democrats to doom," Trump added.

Schumer declined to directly answer Trump's words except to say, "Name-calling doesn't work. Let's look at values. Let's look at issues." He also blamed Trump for refusing to work with congressional Democrats.

"On the issue so far — taxes and health care — he doesn’t consult us at all," Schumer said. "He puts together a plan that is very hard-right, special interest [and] wealth-oriented and says the way to be bipartisan is to just support his plan. That’s not the way America works."

The Senate Democratic leader also refused to countenance the idea of repealing ObamaCare, the signature domestic achievment of Trump's predecessor. 

"[Republicans] ought to back off repealing Obamacare," Schumer said. "We’ve said over and over again, if [Trump] backs off repeal, we’ll sit down and work with him to improve Obamacare."