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 SchumerTo make the House of Representatives work again, make it bigger Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election 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' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report 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 ClintonArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Santorum: Mueller could avoid charges of McCarthyism by investigating DOJ, FBI Giuliani claims McGahn was a 'strong witness' for Trump 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."