Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Schumer To Trump: Can’t Run The Presidency Like a Real Estate Deal

After President Trump’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare came to naught, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had a message for the beleaguered commander-in-chief: the art of the deal is different in Washington, D.C.

“You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal. You can’t tweet your way through it,” the New York senator told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “You can’t threaten and intimidate and say I’ll walk away. It’s more complicated.” He also said that so-called Trumpcare represented the goals of “hard-right wealthy special interests.”

Democrats have been reveling in the administration’s defeat last week, when Republicans in the House were forced to pull an Obamacare replacement from the floor without a vote, after it became clear the measure would not pass. Trump campaigned on a promise to revamp the healthcare system, lowering costs and increasing quality and access.

But for now, the White House plans to leave Obamacare in place and move to tax reform. Schumer predicted that if Trump and Republicans are not willing to compromise on overhauling the tax code “they’ll lose again.”

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.