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Schumer faults Trump leadership after massacre, mail bombs

Schumer faults Trump leadership after massacre, mail bombs

Senator declines comment on what America should do about migrant caravan
Schumer faults Trump leadership after massacre, mail bombs
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2018.
Photographer: AL DRAGO/THE NEW YORK TIMES

ALBANY — When Charles Schumer finished speaking at Albany Medical Center Monday on the impact of federal health regulations, the minority leader of the U.S. Senate turned his attention to a massacre and a mail bomb campaign.

Schumer, D-N.Y., said he had been under enhanced police protection after it became apparent the dozen-plus pipe bomb-type devices discovered last week were being mailed to prominent critics of President Donald Trump

He said he and his children have been unable to open their own mail as a result, though no bomb had been mailed to him as of Monday.

Schumer also noted the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

“It just tore a hole in your gut, and it’s just gotten worse,” he said.

Schumer said he would not say President Trump prompted the crimes with his rhetoric, but he sharply faulted Trump's reaction to them.

“The president’s response since this tragedy and as recently as this morning has been sorely lacking,” he said. “He seems still intent on dividing us … he ought to be uniting us at this point.”

Schumer noted that Trump was lambasting the media Monday, even as a new suspicious device was intercepted on its way to CNN.

“That is not presidential leadership,” Schumer said. “America yearns for it. We need a president to unite us, not divide us, particularly at this time.”

When a reporter asked Schumer about the synagogue shooting suspect’s reported statements blaming Jews for aiding a caravan of thousands of migrants marching toward the southern U.S. border, he said he hadn’t been briefed on the suspect’s motives.

Schumer also had no comment on the caravan itself, or what response the U.S. should have to it.

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