Klobuchar: Trump tweets squander 'moment of governorship'

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharTrump quietly putting his stamp on the courts CNN's Zeleny: Leaderless Democrats 'in complete disrepair and disarray' Lacking White House plan, Senate focuses on infrastructure MORE (D-Minn.) on Sunday said President Trump's Twitter habit hampers lawmakers' ability to govern, saying his tweets disrupt bipartisan cooperation.

"These tweets, really every time one goes out it does squander this moment of governorship," Klobuchar said on "Fox News Sunday." "I think that there are areas we can come together with the administration, with Republicans, including things like infrastructure, things like doing something on workforce training, doing something on tax reform.

"But it's going to be really hard to do that when those tweets come out at 7 in the morning, and then the whole focus of Washington and the country is on what the president said last time," she continued.


Trump frequently takes to Twitter to comment on the news cycle and announce policy initiatives.

But the social media posts often fuel controversy surrounding his administration, particularly related to the ongoing investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

Klobuchar said that those tweets often get in the way of mutual cooperation between Democrats and Republicans by shifting the focus of Washington away from important policy issues and instead shining a spotlight on the president himself.

She also cast the current moment in Washington as an opportunity for bipartisanship after the congressional baseball practice shooting that critically wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)

Both Democrats and Republicans, she said, would have to take responsibility for fueling the partisan divide in the U.S.

"I do think that the language, the rhetoric on both sides has gotten out of control," she said. "And as you know it is on both sides."