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Schumer wields leverage and a flip phone against Trump

January 30, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House plan for peeling off Democrats to support President Donald Trump’s demands for billions in border wall money ran into a particularly stubborn obstacle: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s flip phone.

Schumer had been talking with his colleagues for months. One by one, he dialed Democrats on his vintage flip phone and found that most senators opposed Trump’s push.

That unity buoyed Democrats during the shutdown saga and is girding them for the next battle ahead.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seized the starring role against Trump’s border wall, Schumer played no small part shoring up his side of the Capitol to bolster Pelosi’s position.

It’s a strategy the Senate Democrats will rely to use their minority status as leverage as another shutdown threat looms on Feb. 15.

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