Schumer Caught Commenting on Trump; "He Likes Me"

A C-SPAN microphone caught Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer offering what appeared to be candid assessments of his relationship with President Donald Trump and his Wednesday negotiations on a framework for a controversial immigration deal.

"He likes us. He likes me, anyway,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) can be heard saying on CSPAN while cameras showed a wide shot of the Senate floor. The C-SPAN clip on which Schumer can be heard was posted to YouTube by the D.C. Examiner.

It was not clear about whom Schumer was speaking, but he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had announced the night before that they and the president had reached agreement on a deal that would offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors in exchange for increased border security. Notably, the deal would not include money for Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The White House and congressional Republicans pushed back on the idea that a firm deal had been reached, with House Speaker Paul Ryan telling reporters Thursday that “we have not begun negotiations” on a deal to protect the so-called Dreamers.