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 SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti 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 ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) 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."