White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that President Trump’s State of the Union address will be a call for unity — but a short time later her boss and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were taking pot shots at one another.
“The president is calling in for unity. He’s calling for an end to retribution and resistance politics and more cooperation and compromise. He’s proven this is possible. When you look at the historical opioids and drug regulations, recently criminal justice reform legislation, where you had overwhelming and in some cases unanimous Democratic support,” Conway said in the TV interview.
Soon after, Schumer was on the Senate floor attacking Trump.
“President Trump will report tonight on the state of our union. But, the state of the Trump economy is failing America’s middle class. The state of the Trump healthcare system is failing American families. The state of the Trump Administration is chaos,” Schumer wrote on Twitter, adding a video of his speech in the Senate.
Schumer hit Trump for cutting taxes for the wealthy and huge corporations while trying to “sabotage” Obamacare, for the unprecedented turnover in his administration and for alienating NATO allies while coddling what he called authoritarians.
It didn’t take long for the president to fire back on Twitter.
“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 tweeted in response to Schumer’s criticism.
In her interview, Conway also took a preemptive shot at anyone in attendance at the Capitol for the speech who does not respond enthusiastically to the president’s address.
“Anybody who’s sitting there with their arms folded harrumphing, looking like they’ve sucked on 12 lemons — that’s on them, not him, because he’s calling on unity, he’s calling for working together. They’re going to need to decide if they’re serious about that as well,” she said.