Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wasn’t planning on being leader of the Senate minority — and by extension the Democratic opposition — as the Trump era dawns in the nation’s capital.
“Do I regret what happened? Yes,” said Schumer, who was hoping to be President Hillary Clinton’s right hand as Senate majority leader before both he and Clinton came up short of their Election Day goals. “Late moments at night, do I think what could have been? Yes.”
“But I am fully occupied with the job at hand,” Schumer said in an interview in his Senate office on Friday, just a few days after being formally chosen by his colleagues to succeed his mentor, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., as leader of the Senate Democrats.
That job, in Schumer’s view, is to serve as the bulwark against a unified Republican government led by his former campaign donor, President-elect Donald Trump; to use the power of the Senate minority to try to force compromise when possible; and to stand in the way of Republicans when necessary.