A C-SPAN microphone caught Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying President Trump “likes me” one day after Democratic leaders met with the president to reach a framework agreement on a deal to turn the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law.
“He likes us. He likes me, anyway,” Schumer was overheard saying to someone, while cameras showed a wide shot of the Senate floor.
“Here’s what I told him. I said, ‘Mr. President, you’re much better off if you can sometimes step right, and sometimes step left,’ ” Schumer said. “If you have to step in just one direction you’re boxed! He gets that. Oh, it’s going to work out. And it’ll make us more productive, too.”
Trump and Schumer have certainly come a long way since January, when Trump referred to the Democratic leader as “Fake Tears Chuck Schumer” on Twitter after Schumer became emotionalwhile denouncing Trump’s immigration ban.
Trump has shown an increased willingness to work with the Democrats recently, striking a deal on the debt ceiling that some Republicans didn’t like, and now engaging in apparently productive talks toward a bipartisan solution to the DREAMer immigration issue.
Trump may have to guard against any spin resulting from Schumer’s comments that gives the appearance to GOP leaders that he is being played by the Democrats. Immigration is a fragile issue and tax reform will be a battle, so even small amounts of discord could derail negotiations.
The C-SPAN clip on which Schumer can be heard was posted to YouTube by Erick Erickson: