Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer slammed President-elect Donald Trump for his twitter habit, claiming that the United States can’t afford “Twitter presidency”.
Schumer spoke on the first day of the 115th session of Congress Tuesday.
“‘Making America Great Again’ requires more than 140 characters per issue,” Schumer said in his first speech as Senate minority leader on the day when the two-year 115th Congress kick-started, referring to Trump’s well-known campaign slogan.
With all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency. We have real challenges and we need to get real things done,” said Schumer, also warning that the incoming president will fail if he sticks with a “Twitter presidency”.
Many Americans are afraid, Mr. President-elect, that instead of rolling up your sleeves and forging serious policies… for you, Twitter suffices.
There’s nothing wrong with using Twitter to speak to the American people.
It’s a good use of modern media. But these issues are complex and demand both careful consideration and action. We cannot tweet them away
If President-elect Trump lets the hard-right members of Congress and his cabinet run the show, if he attempts to adopt their time-worn policies which benefit the elites, the special interests, corporate America-not the working man and woman-his presidency will not succeed,” Schumer said,
Maybe not in the first 90 days, but certainly not in the first two years,” Schumer said.
The Democratic leader said that Trump’s tweet “bragging” about the 800 jobs he saved at the Carrier plant in Indiana “doesn’t solve the underlying problem.” “While it’s good the 800 jobs were saved… at Carrier, 1,300 jobs are still leaving, hundreds more at the nearby Rexnord plant that is going overseas, and most importantly, thousands more each month leave our shores from every part of America,” Schumer said.
“Tweeting about 800 jobs you saved is not a remanufacturing policy. That’s not an economic policy.”
Democrats are “going to hold the President-elect accountable for a real policy to stop jobs from leaving the country,” Schumer said, adding that his party will work with Trump and Senate Republicans to create more jobs and improve the country’s transportation systems