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‘Who was his Acting Coach?’ – Trump Mocks Schumer For His ‘Fake Tears’

In his first public appearance after signing his controversial executive order that effectively issued a Muslim ban, President Donald Trump didn’t spend too much time defending himself.

Instead he was busy mocking Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with the fake tears,” Trump told reporters on Monday during a meeting with small-business leaders. “I’m going to ask him who was his acting coach, because I know him very well. I don’t see him as a crier.”

On Sunday, Schumer had teared up while he stood along side Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and asked for a push to overhaul Trump’s Muslim ban.

Trump repeatedly emphasized that the Chuck Schumer he knows doesn’t cry.

“If he is [a crier,] he’s a different man,” Trump said. “There’s about a 5% chance it was real. But I think they were fake tears.”

Schumer and Trump have known each other for a long time and used to have a good relationship. Trump’s family even donated thousands of dollars to the campaigns for the New York Senator.

Back in November, Trump applauded the announcement that Schumer would become Senate Minority Leader.

Trump’s executive order issuing a religious based ban on immigration hit close to home for Schumer. The first Jewish Senate Minority leader is the descendant of victims of the Holocaust. His great-grandmother was “gunned down” by Nazis in Ukraine, as Schumer told the Huffington Post last fall.

A spokesperson for Schumer told an NBC reporter that they wouldn’t dignify Trump’s mocking with a response.

Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. Reach her at maier@forward.com or on Twitter at @lillymmaier

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