Schumer: Trump administration ‘embroiled in chaos and incompetence’ 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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.