Schumer: Trump needs to 'step up to the plate'

Schumer: Trump needs to 'step up to the plate'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions We can’t tackle climate change if we ignore the main polluter — transportation Hoyer introducing legislation to block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russian companies MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said President Trump needs “to step up to the plate,” adding that his lack of political experience is not an excuse for missteps.

“The fact that he’s new, the fact that he may not say things so seriously, that’s not an excuse. He’s the president of the United States and he’s got to step up to the plate,” Schumer told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments MORE (R-Wis.) noted following former FBI Director James Comey's testimony that Trump is new to government. Comey testified under oath that Trump asked him to "let go" of the bureau's probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a claim Trump's lawyer denied.

Schumer during his television appearance on Sunday dismissed Ryan's reasoning.

“The president is the most powerful man in the world. His words really, really matter,” Schumer said.