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 ban.
“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 nominees.
“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.”