Schumer Destroys Trump During ‘ABC Sunday’ Appearance

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After facing tough criticism for his abruptly ordered, reckless airstrike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump insisted that the attack was meant to avert war rather than start a new one, but the exact opposite outcome seems to be taking shape. This weekend on ABC’s This Week with host George Stephanopoulos, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) bluntly pointed out that Trump’s rash, haphazard behavior seems poised to get the United States and Iran mired in another dangerous “endless war,” which — in an earlier time — Trump even specifically promised to avoid.

Figures like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have insisted that the Soleimani assassination made the United States safer — but just look at the ongoing threats from Iran for harsh retaliation, the Trump administration’s own warning for Americans to leave Iraq, and domestic preparations for potential serious cyberattacks. None of that sounds like “safety.”

Schumer explained:

‘I really worry that the actions the president took will get us into what he calls another endless war in the Middle East. He promised we wouldn’t have that, and I think we’re closer to that now because of his actions… This president has made a mess of foreign policy. In North Korea, they’re stronger than when he started. In Syria, he messed up. Every encounter he has with Putin he loses. And so I am really worried.’

It’s true — America placed someone with absolutely no government or public service experience whatsoever in the position of commander-in-chief. Schumer continued:

‘That is why Congress must assert itself. I don’t believe the president has the authority to go to war in Iraq without Congressional input… I think Congress and I will do everything I can to assert our authority. We do not need this president either bumbling or impulsively getting us into a major war… His foreign policy has been erratic and unsuccessful thus far. I worry it still is.’

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Adding insult to injury for those concerned about the nature and implications of the attack that killed Soleimani, according to a report in The New York Times, Trump selected the option of the airstrike after military officials presented it as a last ditch resort only meant to prop up how good the more moderate options were supposed to look. Rather than resting on some kind of solid ground, the publication says that those military officials were left “stunned.”

Further majorly undercutting the administration’s argument that the strike was necessary to avert some kind of imminent attack on U.S. interests, according to the Iraqi prime minister, when Soleimani was killed, he was carrying a response to Saudi-led efforts for peace in the region. You can’t make this up. Trump literally appears to have blown up the peace process.

This weekend, Schumer also denounced efforts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to rig an upcoming impeachment trial for Trump. McConnell insisted that he’d oppose calling witnesses and evidence for that trial, but Schumer mockingly asked:

‘Where but in Alice in Wonderland do we hear all the arguments, and then maybe have the evidence, the witnesses and the trial?’