President Donald Trump said late Sunday he hoped to hold a meeting “ASAP” with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) amid the ongoing crisis along the southern border, where frequent reports of filthy, overcrowded detention centers have sparked outrage from congressional Democrats and human rights advocates.
“Senator Chuck Schumer has finally gone to the Southern Border with some Democrat Senators. This is a GREAT thing!” the president wrote late Sunday. “… He must have seen how dangerous & bad for our Country the Border is. It is not a ‘manufactured crisis,’ as the Fake News Media & their Democrat partners tried to portray. He said he wants to meet. I will set up a meeting ASAP!”
A spokesperson for Schumer did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Schumer was one of a dozen Senate Democrats who visited a detention center run by Customs and Border Protection in Texas on Friday, where he said he saw “awful, awful” conditions, echoing a bevy of reports that have described facilities lacking basic sanitary items.
“This is not acceptable. A child telling us he’s not able to even brush his teeth in a facility on our southern border,” the senator tweeted after the visit. “These are human beings, children, kids, families, fleeing violence. This is not who we are.”
Despite the president’s offer, it’s unclear whether he would actually discuss anything with Schumer. Trump has repeatedly moved to hold meetings with Democratic leaders, only to blow them up or walk out shortly after they begin.
In May, the president abruptly stormed out of a meeting over an infrastructure proposal with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after growing enraged over Democrats’ ongoing efforts to investigate his administration. Moments later, he marched out into the Rose Garden and chastised the pair.