Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) reportedly threw a tantrum on Tuesday after Republican senators asked senior administration officials to discuss the border crisis.
A secret briefing on Ukraine funds led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Charles Brown Jr. reportedly ended as Republican lawmakers began directly questioning officials about border security. It was heated. .
But Mr. Schumer immediately sought to halt such an investigation, demanding that lawmakers speak only about the Ukraine funds.
Schumer’s stance only served to further confuse the meeting. Reportedly contained an F-bomb Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.S.C.). Sen. Kevin Cramer (R.N.D.) said several Republicans ultimately left the briefing early, thinking it was a waste of time not to discuss the border.
“People got up and left because it was a waste of time. … They just said, ‘It’s not worth it. You’re kidding. You’re not serious. I’m leaving.'” I blame them. “We don’t have that,” Kramer said after the briefing.
Furthermore, Mr. Kramer He told reporters that Mr. Schumer was “infuriated” when he asked General Brown to convince Democrats that border security was an important issue to address.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) Said It was “the most heated press conference” [sensitive compartmented information facility] I have seen. “
Schumer claimed that Republicans had “hijacked” the press conference.
“Immediately the leader took over.” [Mitch] McConnell. For the first question, instead of asking the panelists, he called out: [Sen. James] Mr. Lankford will give a five-minute speech on border negotiations,” Schumer said.
Schumer also accused Republicans of being “disrespectful” for “screaming” at General Brown.Sources told CNN that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) was furious, but Mr. told CNN He was directing his anger at Schumer.
At one point, Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, tried to defuse tensions.
“Senator King said, ‘Hey, this may not be the time to talk about this, but this is an important topic. The president put this issue on the table with a side bill to fund the border. . This is the only time we have to work on it.’ It’s completely legitimate to have that discussion because we’re all here,” the Republican senator later said. Said The Hill.
President Joe Biden has called on Congress to pass another additional spending bill that expands aid to Ukraine and Israel.of That bill costs $106 billion, and more than $61 billion will be sent to Ukraine. But Republicans are reluctant to pass it unless Biden and Democrats agree to also address domestic issues such as the border crisis.
Schumer’s actions prompted Republican senators to make a plan to block progress For the time being, this is an additional package.
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