Chuck Schumer 10-24-17

Describing President Donald Trump's tax reform plan as “a disaster for America,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested that the president wasn't telling the truth about how his tax plan would affect the rich and middle class.

Trump's tax cuts, Schumer argued, would financially burden the middle class while providing relief to the rich and increasing the deficit.

“Unfortunately, what the president says about tax reform has been correctly characterized by Sen. Corker (R-Tenn.) as untruths, and Corker was being kind,” Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.

Corker publicly criticized the president multiple times on Tuesday when he accused Trump of, among other things, having “great difficulty with the truth.” In an apparent response to Trump's tweet criticizing Corker and claiming he asked the president to endorse him, Corker tweeted that Trump was “untruthful”:

“What the president says and what the Republican plan does are polar opposite,” Schumer said before implying Trump's plan was for the rich. Schumer accused the president of using tax deductions to sap money from the middle class “so the rich can get a bigger tax break.”

In response to Trump's claim that his plan would lower the deficit, Schumer said that was “absurd.”

Schumer's comments followed a lunch Trump attended to discuss tax reform with lawmakers.

“Trump put down his phone for an hour,” Schumer joked, “to come to the Senate Republican luncheon to talk tax reform.”

Watch Schumer's comments below, via Fox News.

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