Trump Criticizes Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Press Conference: ‘Fake Tears’

January 30, 2017 Updated: January 30, 2017

President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was crying “fake tears” during the Democratic senator’s Sunday press conference over the temporary immigration moratorium on certain Muslim-majority countries.

“I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears,” Trump said during a meeting with small business leaders, The Hill reported. “I’m going to ask him who is his acting coach.”

Trump added: “There’s a 5 percent chance they’re real.”

He also made a skeptical reference to Schumer on Twitter while defending his executive order. 

The longtime senator from New York was standing alongside refugees at a press conference, asking the Senate to vote for legislation to block Trump’s executive order signed Friday. The order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days, and places a 120-day moratorium on the country’s refugee program.

Trump’s executive order has been met with much scorn and protests. The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, has led the chorus of criticism against the order and challenged it. “President Trump’s war on equality is already taking a terrible human toll. This ban cannot be allowed to continue,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, on the ACLU website. A federal judge in New York on Saturday night granted a request for a temporary injunction to block the deportation of people stranded in the state.

“There were further travel restrictions already in place from those seven countries,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that these countries were selected by former President Barack Obama.

“What the president did was take the first step through this executive order of ensuring that we’re looking at the entire system of who’s coming in, refugees that are coming in, people who are coming in from places that have a history or that our intelligence suggests that we need to have further extreme vetting for,” Spicer added.

While shedding tears, Schumer on Sunday described Trump’s order as “mean-spirited an un-American.”

“These orders go against what America has always been about. The orders make us less humanitarian, less safe, less American,” Schumer added.

Schumer, after Trump took office, said he would fight the president’s agenda.

“On most areas, we’re going to have to fight him, and we’ll fight him tooth and nail,” he told NBC’s “Today” on Jan. 20.

The Hill sought a quote from Schumer’s office about Trump’s claim, and a spokesman told the site: “We’re not going to dignify that with a response.”