Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Monday that
Democrats were hoping to delay votes on President Donald Trump’s
Cabinet picks in protest of his Friday executive order barring
people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
The New York Democrat said on the “Today” show that what he
described as Trump’s “appalling” order would encourage
lone-wolf-style attacks in America, and he pledged that Democrats
would introduce legislation later Monday evening to repeal the
“This evening I will ask for a vote on the floor of the Senate to
repeal this,” Schumer said, saying that Sen. Dianne Feinstein of
California drafted a bill to repeal the ban.
He continued: “I hope that Mitch McConnell allows that vote.
Already, 11 Republicans, not just the ones you’ve shown, have
already spoken out against it. We should repeal this, and then we
should sit down, and in a careful, thoughtful way we need to
tighten up things against terrorism.”
Schumer also said Democrats would seek to delay the vote on Rex
Tillerson for secretary of state as well as other Cabinet
“I’m going to ask for a delay, whether McConnell grants it, you
know, they run the Senate,” Schumer said, adding, “I think we’re
going to ask about it for just about every one.”
When “Today” host Matt Lauer said Senate Republicans would push
back, Schumer interjected.
“Oh, please,” he replied. “This is so important to America.
Aren’t the American people entitled to know the positions of
these Cabinet people before they come in?”
Trump lashed out at Schumer for seeking to delay Cabinet votes.
During a business roundtable on Monday, the president said
Democrats were “not behaving well at all” and mocked Schumer for
crying while decrying Trump’s immigration order
onstage with refugees from Iraq and Syria on Sunday.
“I’m going to ask him who is his acting coach,” Trump said. “I
know him very well — I don’t see him as a crier.”