Schumer: Trump speech 'less important' that past presidents' addresses
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 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 McConnellHawley warns Schumer to steer clear of Catholic-based criticisms of Barrett Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' MORE and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSupreme Court fight pushes Senate toward brink Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Lawmakers introduce legislation to boost cybersecurity of local governments, small businesses 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."