Schumer: Trump administration ‘embroiled in chaos and incompetence’ 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE in a prebuttal of his State of the Union speech, saying the administration is mired in “chaos and incompetence.”

“The president will say predictably that the state of our Union is strong, but the truth is the state of the Trump economy is failing America’s middle class,” Schumer said. “The state of the Trump administration is embroiled in chaos and incompetence.”

“What’s the state of the Trump administration? The state of the Trump administration is chaos,” Schumer added 

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Schumer knocked Trump over his economic, tax and health policies, his foreign policy and shake-ups in his Cabinet.

“The president makes these off the cuff decisions based on how someone looks and we all pay the price. ... Continuity and effectiveness of American government has been deeply compromised by the turmoil and turnover at the White House,” he said. 

The president is expected to focus on unity and the need to bridge the divide in the country during the Tuesday night address, which will have a theme of “choosing greatness.”

Trump will call on Congress to compromise on a number of key issues such as immigration and trade, according to a senior administration official.

"I want to see our country united," Trump said last week during a pre-speech lunch with network news anchors. "If I could unite the country, I would consider it a tremendous success."

But Schumer accused the president of trying to “ignore reality.”

“A looming question is just how many falsehoods, distortions and made up facts will appear in the president’s speech,” Schumer said.