Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE on Tuesday, saying his administration is in “chaos” amid a shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Every day we hear this is the president's new policy, and two days later we hear it's not happening," Schumer said from the Senate floor. "People are being fired because they tell the president, according to news reporters, that he can't break the law when he wants to do something. You cannot keep changing personnel, changing strategy, tweeting your way through a problem as serious as this."


He added that the “chaos stems from one source and one source only,” Trump, and “his whimsical, erratic and oftentimes nasty pursuit of policy.”

"I hope that the president or some of the people around him will realize that his administration is far from a fine-tuned machine. It's a slow-motion disaster that the American people see in action every day,” Schumer said.

His comments come amid the departure of Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities MORE as DHS chief, and after Trump yanked his top Immigration and Customs Enforcement nominee last week because he wants to go in a “tougher” direction.

Schumer argued that the “chaos” has spread further. He pointed to the months-long absence of a Senate-confirmed Defense secretary and vacancies within the State Department.

"We should be projecting stability and continuity through our State Department,” Schumer said. “Instead, it's been battered and belittled by its own administration to the point where both sides in Congress have spoken out.”