During a meeting with small business leaders on Monday morning, President Donald Trump mocked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for becoming emotional while talking about the president’s recent travel ban.
After complaining about Democrats moving slowly to confirm his cabinet nominees, the president turned to the topic of Chuck Schumer and said that he was faking it when he started to cry in a press conference on Sunday.
“I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears,” Trump said. “I’m going to ask him who is 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.”
Trump went on to say that there’s about a five percent chance that Schumer was genuinely crying but that he’s pretty sure it was fake.
After President Trump made this comment about Schumer, a spokesperson for the senator said, “We are not going to dignify that with a response,” according to CNN.
Trump and Schumer are both from New York, and the president has complimented the Senate minority leader in the past. In November, Trump tweeted, “I have always had a good relationship with Chuck Schumer. He is far smarter than Harry R and has the ability to get things done. Good news!”
Schumer started to cry on Sunday while announcing that he and his fellow Democrats were considering legislation to overturn the president’s temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American,” Schumer said at a press conference. “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.”
Earlier on Monday morning, Trump said on Twitter that problems that occurred at airports over the weekend were caused by “Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer.”