Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speaking moments after President Trump’s prime-time address, said the solution for the shutdown is obvious: “Separate the shutdown from the arguments over border security.”
“There is bipartisan legislation — supported by Democrats and Republicans — to re-open government while allowing debate over border security to continue. There is no excuse for hurting millions of Americans over a policy difference,” he said, speaking alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He went on to say that no president should demand “he gets his way or else the government shuts down.”
“We don’t govern by temper tantrum,” Schumer said.
“No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down. Hurting millions of Americans who are treated as leverage.”
Pelosi added: “President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government.”