Schumer: Trump may be using populism to cover up hard right agenda

Schumer: Trump may be using populism to cover up hard right agenda
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Sen. Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' Senate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh Montana GOP Senate hopeful touts Trump's support in new ad MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he fears President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE is using a populist tone to mask a “hard right agenda.”

“It was populist, but I am worried he’s using populist rhetoric to cover up a hard right agenda,” Schumer told CNN’s “State of the Union,” referencing Trump’s inauguration address.

Schumer pointed to several of Trump’s Cabinet picks, including Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.); Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Trump's choice for the Office of Management and Budget; school choice advocate Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education; and restaurant chain CEO Tom Puzder for secretary of Labor.

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“So his Cabinet is very troubling and that is actually what I discussed with him,” Schumer said about his conversations with Trump on Inauguration Day.