Sen. Murray says Washington behavior reminds her of former preschool students

Sen. Murray says Washington behavior reminds her of former preschool students
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Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayFinding a path forward to end surprise medical billing Trump's new labor chief alarms Democrats, unions Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders mounts staunch defense of 'Medicare for All' | Biden, Sanders fight over health care heats up | House votes to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' | Dems want details on fetal tissue research ban MORE (D-Wash.) on Thursday compared the behavior of leaders in Washington D.C., with those of her former students from when she taught in preschool, according to a The New York Times report.   

The former teacher told the news outlet that the trick to leading a classroom is not to let the antics of a bully or tantrums disrupt the rest of the students.


“My experience is, you let them calm down and come back to you peacefully before you give them anything,” Murray said. “You don’t hand them that cookie or piece of candy when they’re yelling and screaming because then you will be doing that until they’re 18 years old.”

Although Murray did not name President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE, the Washington Democrat’s comments came after Trump scrapped House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE’s (D-Calif.) planned trip overseas on Thursday.

Trump canceled Pelosi's use of military transportation for a congressional delegation trip to Belgium and Afghanistan, which would have included a visit to troops in a war zone.

“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” Trump wrote to Pelosi.

The president wrote in a letter to Pelosi that she should remain in D.C. to negotiate with him on the shutdown, which is now in its 28th day.

The letter was Trump’s first response to Pelosi’s proposal to postpone the State of the Union address.

Trump faced criticism for the move, including from his ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite Rubio criticizes reporters, Democrat for racism accusations against McCain MORE (R-S.C.) who called the move "inappropriate." 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media MORE (D-Calif.) accused Trump of "fifth-grade conduct" shortly after the trip, which he was scheduled to go on, was canceled.