Schumer: Trump speech 'less important' that past presidents' addresses
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-N.Y.) took an early shot at President Trump's Tuesday speech to Congress, arguing it will be "less important" than previous presidential addresses.

"Tonight's speech from the president will be far less important than past presidential addresses for one very simple reason: This president has shown ... that there is a yawning gap between what he says and what his administration actually does for working Americans," he said.

He added while Trump campaigns and talks "like a populist" that he "governs like a pro-corporate, pro-elite, hard-right ideologue."

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Democrats have spent the week "prebutting" Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening, which is expected to focus on the "renewal of the American spirit."

Congressional leaders are trading fire as they try to spin ahead of Trump's address. Though it's not billed as a State of the Union, the president's speech is expected to lay out major policy goals. 

Both Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSchumer feels pressure from all sides on spending strategy Data reveal big opportunity to finish the vaccine job GOP senators invite Yellen to brief them on debt ceiling expiration, inflation MORE (R-Texas) took to the Senate floor to predict Trump will deliver a positive, forward-looking message. 

"In November, the American people elected a new president who offered a new direction. He’ll now have an opportunity to talk about how we can make that change," McConnell said. 

But Schumer countered that Trump is breaking his promise on "draining the swamp."

"He’s spent his first month in office appointing bankers and billionaires and titans of Wall Street to fill his administration," he said. "That’s the swamp. He’s not cleaning it. It’s getting worse."