What could be behind President Donald Trump’s recent dealmaking with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.? Maybe something as simple as personal affection.
“He likes us,” Schumer remarked to a colleague on Thursday, in an exchange that was picked up, in part, by a hot mic and aired by C-SPAN2.
Though the full conversation could not be heard on the broadcast, “us” was undoubtedly a reference to the Democratic leaders, with whom Trump struck a bargain last week to raise the debt ceiling and with whom he is working on a plan to grant long-term deportation protection to DACA recipients.
The Post previously reported that Trump and Schumer also have reached a “gentlemen’s agreement” to pursue legislation that would permanently remove the requirement that Congress repeatedly raise the debt ceiling.
Schumer suggested in the comments caught on a hot mic that his connection with the president is particularly strong. “He likes me, anyway,” Schumer said of Trump.
“Here’s what I told him,” Schumer continued, apparently recounting a Wednesday night conversation in which he, Trump and Pelosi discussed immigration. “I said, ‘Mr. President, you’re much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left. If you have to step just to one direction, you’re boxed.’ He gets that.”
“It’s going to work out,” Schumer added a moment later, “and it’ll make us more productive, too.”
The Drudge Report highlighted Schumer’s remarks in a cluster of headlines about Trump’s sudden cooperation with Democrats and splashed a banner that read “DREAM TEAM” under…
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