President Donald Trump on Monday repeatedly mocked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for tearing up while standing alongside Iraqi and Syrian refugees and condemning the president’s executive order temporarily barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with the fake tears,” Trump told reporters on Monday during a meeting with small-business leaders. “I’m going to ask him who was his acting coach, because I know him very well. I don’t see him as a crier.”
“If he is, he’s a different man,” he continued. “There’s about a 5% chance it was real. But I think they were fake tears.”
On Sunday, Schumer, a New York Democrat, held a press conference alongside refugees from Iraq and Syria. Those two countries are among seven from which travel to the US is barred for 90 days. Syrian refugees are barred indefinitely, while refugees from other countries will be barred for 120 days. The other five countries with US travel bans are Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and Yemen.
The order was met with chaos over the weekend, as legal residents holding green cards were detained in airports, sparking massive protests and leading to condemnation of the order from business leaders and politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Federal judges in four states issued a temporary stay preventing authorities from deporting travelers who were stuck in airports because of the order, but the long-term legality of Trump’s action remains unclear. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday ordered green-card holders from the countries to be allowed into the US.
During Schumer’s press conference, he teared up when discussing what he said was a “mean-spirited” and “un-American” order.
“It was implemented in a way that created chaos and confusion across the country, and it will only serve to embolden and inspire those around the globe who will do us harm,” he said. “It must be reversed immediately.”
He promised that Senate Democrats would introduce legislation to overturn the executive order and “move it as quickly as we can.”
“And I, as your senator from New York, will claw, scrap, and fight, with every fiber in my being, until these orders are overturned,” he said.
A Schumer representative commented on Trump’s remarks to an NBC News reporter:
Schumer spox RE: Pres Trump’s comment about his tears this morning: We’re not going to dignify that with a response. https://t.co/pZAqXYFwSS
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 30, 2017