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

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

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayJohnson & Johnson subpoenaed by DOJ and SEC, company says Top Dems blast administration's proposed ObamaCare changes Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Dems blast rulemaking on family planning program | Facebook may remove anti-vaccine content | Medicare proposes coverage for new cancer treatment 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 TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE, the Washington Democrat’s comments came after Trump scrapped House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Can progressives govern? Dems plan hearing on emergency declaration's impact on military 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 GrahamTrump says he'll '100 percent' veto measure blocking emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Dems tee up Tuesday vote against Trump's emergency declaration | GOP expects few defections | Trump doubles number of troops staying in Syria to 400 On The Money: Dems set Tuesday vote on Trump's emergency declaration | Most Republicans expected to back Trump | Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown drama | Powell heading before Congress MORE (R-S.C.) who called the move "inappropriate." 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems press Barr to make Mueller report public Schiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE (D-Calif.) accused Trump of "fifth-grade conduct" shortly after the trip, which he was scheduled to go on, was canceled.