Schumer: Trump speech 'less important' that past presidents' addresses
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting Democratic senators call for funding for local media in coronavirus stimulus 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."


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 McConnellMcConnell to try to pass small business funds Thursday, warns against holding it 'hostage' Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynLawmakers announce legislation to fund government purchases of oil GOP senator: National shelter-in-place order would be an 'overreaction' Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package 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."