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Schumer: Trump may be using populism to cover up hard right agenda

Schumer: Trump may be using populism to cover up hard right agenda
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Sen. Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he fears President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE is using a populist tone to mask a “hard right agenda.”

“It was populist, but I am worried he’s using populist rhetoric to cover up a hard right agenda,” Schumer told CNN’s “State of the Union,” referencing Trump’s inauguration address.

Schumer pointed to several of Trump’s Cabinet picks, including Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.); Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Trump's choice for the Office of Management and Budget; school choice advocate Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education; and restaurant chain CEO Tom Puzder for secretary of Labor.

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“So his Cabinet is very troubling and that is actually what I discussed with him,” Schumer said about his conversations with Trump on Inauguration Day.