Schumer: Relationship with Republicans getting better

Schumer: Relationship with Republicans getting better
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said relationships between Democrats and Republicans in Congress are improving, but he said he feels the White House has not done enough to support lawmakers.

"We are actually working together in a pretty good way," Schumer told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired Sunday. "I think this will happen more and more and more."

"Our Republican friends, I think, want to work with us. I think sometimes the president gets in the way of that. But I think you are going to see us working together more and more," he repeated. "I have even gotten [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNegotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms States begin removing Capitol's Confederate statues on their own Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Ky.)] to laugh at my jokes."

Schumer pointed at U.S. trade policy with China as one issue that could bridge the gap between Democrats in Congress and the Trump administration.

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The New York Democrat even remarked that he was "closer" to Trump on the issue than he was to former Presidents Obama or George W. Bush.

"I was closer in trade policy to Donald Trump than I was to George Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHearing for Twitter hack suspect Zoom-bombed by porn, rap music Read: Sally Yates testimony Michelle Obama says she is managing 'low-grade depression' MORE," Schumer remarked. He added that he wants Trump to follow through on his campaign rhetoric to stand up to China economically.

Trump has repeatedly accused China of ripping the U.S. off economically with currency manipulation and steel dumping.

"Months ago I spoke to President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE and I said, ‘You should get tough on China on trade,'" Schumer said in the interview. "Trade is the thing they care about, and they have been treating us very badly on trade for a long time, frankly.

"If we got tough on them now, maybe they would relent," he added. "So far, the administration has not been as tough as they should be."