Democratic Senate minority leader sides with Trump on Jerusalem decision

December 08, 2017 06:52 PM

CHATHAM - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is weighing in on the president's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Senator Schumer says that's probably the only thing he and the president could agree on. He says obviously some people are upset, but he believes and now the United States believes Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

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Senator Chuck Schumer was paying a visit to Chatham Brewing to highlight the industry's success in New York. With so much going on in Washington, it seems he was prepared to answer a few questions, especially about Jerusalem.

"I've been for this since 1995. I actually helped pass legislation that said Jerusalem was the capital of Israel," explained Schumer.

Schumer says he urged President Bush 43 to do it as well as President Obama.

"I urged President Trump to do it. I'm glad he did. We don't agree on that much, but on this one we did," pointed out Schumer.

The resignation of Senator Al Franken also came up. The former comedian, who delivered the punch lines to many jokes in the past, had become the punchline himself after allegations of sexual harassment came to light.

"What's happened with Al Franken I've talked about," noted Schumer, as he dodged the question – despite several attempts by reporters.

"I'm not going to say anything more. It was in the newspapers," he asserted.

According to the reports, Schumer told Franken in a phone conversation that he needed to resign.

However, there are some pressing matters in Washington like the budget battle. Senator Schumer met with leaders Friday in the White House, in an effort to come to an agreement. Schumer says there are some real differences with debates over domestic spending, immigration and funding for the military -- leaving the government on the brink of a partial shutdown.

"When the president says, 'I'm going to shut down the government if I don't get my way,' - which he said a few times – he is hurting the American people," commented Schumer.

Schumer also talked about the tax reform bill that still needs to be reconciled between the House and Senate. He says the middle class will get hit. He also says big business does not need another tax break.


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