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Schumer knocks Trump: ‘Step up and lead’ on guns, immigration

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) hit back at President Trump on Friday, saying he needs to “step up and lead” on gun control and immigration. 

 
“It’s clear to everyone but President Trump that it was he who forced the DACA issue when he ended the program. … His refusal to take yes for an answer led to his partisan plan that only got 39 votes. Now he’s headed in the same direction on gun safety,” he said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 
 
Schumer warned that if Trump “continues down this path, his calls for bipartisanship will ring hollow. The president needs to step up and lead.”
 
Schumer’s comments come after Trump blamed Democrats for the inability for the White House and Congress to get a deal on DACA, an Obama-era program that allows immigrants brought into the country as children to work and go to school. 
 
“Senate Democrats and the House Democrats have totally abandoned DACA. They’ve totally — they don’t even talk to me about it. They have totally abandoned it,” Trump said during his speech at CPAC. 

He added that Democrats “don’t want to do anything about DACA.” 

The Senate voted down four immigration proposals last week, including Trump’s framework and a centrist group’s narrower measure. 

 
Trump also used his CPAC speech to urge Congress to pass legislation following last week’s shooting at a Florida high school. 
 
Trump has thrown out myriad possible options, including “comprehensive” background checks, raising the age for buying a rifle to 21 and arming some school teachers. 
 
But the last option is considered a non-starter for Democrats, as well as some Republicans. 
 

“Not surprised the NRA reeled President Trump back in. Just amazed at how fast it happened,” Schumer said separately on Thursday night after Trump floated the idea.  

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