Schumer: America's 'moral authority' declining under Trump

Schumer: America's 'moral authority' declining under Trump
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Finance: Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy | Justices uphold contracts that bar employee class-action suits | US, China trade war 'on hold' Free traders applaud Trump as China tariff threat recedes The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's 'embarrassing' MORE over a wide-ranging series of tweets he sent earlier this week, saying the president is hurting the country's "moral authority" and offering "a very poor representation of the United States."

"Over the past year, President Trump, unfortunately, squandered and squandered the moral authority that comes with the presidency of the United States," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

He added the "moral authority" let America "bring a light to the world" but it "is declining under President Trump's leadership, and declining rapidly."

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Schumer's criticism comes after Trump hit on myriad topics during a series of tweets on Tuesday, including calling for former Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Press: Why Trump should thank FBI MORE aide Huma Abedin to be jailed, criticizing The New York Times and taking credit for the lack of fatal airplane crashes over the last year.

In a later tweet Trump also weighed in on North Korea, saying he has a "much bigger [and] more powerful" nuclear weapons button compared to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Schumer said Wednesday that Trump's tweets might have brought the country's authority to "a new low point."

"President Trump's foreign-policy-by-tweet is doing serious damage to the country. Where we have serious issues to address abroad, President Trump seems happy with macho boasts and belligerent threats that get us nowhere," he said.

Schumer argued Trump's penchant for tweeting has unsettled allies, as well as giving more power to China.

Democrats, as well as some Republican senators, have been frank about their frustration with Trump's tweeting habit, noting that it has undercut negotiations both on Capitol Hill and internationally.

Schumer urged Republicans on Wednesday to tell Trump to "stop tweeting, start leading."