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Schumer Denies Trump Thrice: 'Not My Friend'

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By    |   Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 10:07 AM

Newly elected Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says he's never had a close friendship with President-elect Donald Trump.

In an interview with Politico posted over the weekend, the Senator from New York declared: "He was not my friend."

"We never went golfing together, even had a meal together," Schumer said. "He’s called me, we’ve had civil conversations a couple of times. But I’ve got to see what he does."

That's not how Trump saw it last January.

"Hey look, I think I’ll be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer," Trump said in an interview with MSNBC’s "Morning Joe."

"I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways."

Trump was a generous donor to his home state senator, and the New York Post has reported Schumer is likely banking on the friendly hometown connection when it comes to federal funds.

"He’ll be sensitive to New York’s needs because he’s from New York," the Post quoted an unidentified source "close to Schumer" saying.

Schumer also predicted that Republicans would run into trouble when it comes to promises to junk Obamacare.

The president-elect has said that he wants to keep certain parts of the health law, but Schumer and other Democrats say they will fight trying to carve up the healthcare law.

"They’re stuck,” Schumer told Politico. "The only way to keep the good things is to keep the bill. The reason they haven’t had an alternative is ’cause there isn’t an alternative if you want to keep all the things it does."

Schumer also criticized Trump for his appointments of Steve Bannon and Gen. Mike Flynn to his inner circle, but wouldn't say if he will work to have Trump rescind the hires. Neither requires Senate confirmation.

"There’s a lot of troubling things coming down the pike," he told the outlet.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted more praise for Schumer.

 

This story has been updated to clarify that neither Bannon nor Flynn require Senate confirmation.

 

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