Huckabee Sanders Blasts Schumer: He Needs Help Understanding Policy Negotiations

• January 22, 2018 9:39 am


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Monday, saying that the White House would help Schumer understand legislation if need be.

"Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos questioned Sanders about the government shutdown and Trump's involvement in negotiating the current legislation.

Senate Democrats forced the shutdown last week when they effectively blocked a stopgap spending bill because of objections over the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program not being addressed.

"We've laid out that we want to make a deal on DACA, we want to secure the border through the border wall and border security, we want to end chain migration and we want an end to the visa lottery system," Sanders said. "I don't know what's confusing about that. I know that sometimes members like Senator Schumer need a little help and guidance getting through big policy negotiations like that, but the president's laid out what he wants and if they need help understanding it, we'd be happy to send some people over there to explain it to him."

"Do you really want to be questioning Senator Schumer's knowledge of this legislation?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"Look, if he's unclear about what the president has laid out, then possibly," Sanders said.

Sanders said that the Trump administration would be happy to negotiate about immigration reform after the government shutdown ends.