Trump, Schumer renew feud shortly before State of the Union

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications MORE (D-N.Y.) traded barbs on Tuesday ahead of the president's second State of the Union address.

Trump knocked the Senate Democratic leader for criticizing his upcoming speech, which the president will deliver to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.


“I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn’t seen it yet. He’s just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren’t given more credit for the Senate win by the media!” Trump said in a tweet.

Trump's tweet came after Schumer used back-to-back floor speeches this week to knock the administration, saying it's mired in “chaos."

Schumer, during a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, predicted Trump would use his prime-time remarks to make policy promises that he won’t keep.

“Knowing this president, he will then make some bold new promises and not even make an attempt to fulfill them," Schumer said. "The man has so little integrity that a promise that he makes at the State of the Union means nothing the next morning.”

Trump is expected to emphasize unity in his speech, and urge Congress to work together on key policy issues.

Schumer, however, dismissed the likely rhetoric, saying Trump was “ignoring the reality of his administration” and would “weave a web of fiction."

“It seems every year the president wakes up and discovers the desire for unity on the morning of the State of the Union," he said. "Then the president spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us and sowing a state of disunion.”

Schumer added that the “blatant hypocrisy of this president calling for unity is that he is one of the chief reasons Americans feel so divided now."

Trump and Schumer have a long relationship that sparked talk, at the start of the administration, that the two could help bridge the divide between congressional Democrats and the White House.

But they have ended up being at odds with each other on most of the major fights of the last two years, including the current feud over government funding and money for Trump's proposed border wall.

The president has previously lashed out at Schumer, who he has nicknamed “Cryin Chuck.”

He said in a tweet last month that Schumer lied about Trump throwing a "temper tantrum" during negotiations that involved Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public MORE (D-Calif.) concerning the partial government shutdown.

"Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I 'slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.' Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!" Trump wrote.