Chuck Schumer Filmed Cheering After Leaving WH Meeting On IranChris Menahan
Jun. 20, 2019
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Senator Chuck Schumer was filmed cheering along with Nancy Pelosi on Thursday after leaving a meeting with the White House on Iran shooting down a US drone in the Gulf of Oman.
Schumer has consistently agitated against Iran and opposed Obama's Iran nuclear deal.
CNN reporter Seung Min Kim tried to explain it away by stating definitively on Twitter: "Schumer was telling Pelosi he was overjoyed because his mother had just been released from the hospital and is OK. Pelosi had asked how his mother, who had been rushed to the ER, was doing."
I'm gonna need at least two sources not directly connected to Schumer before believing that.
[UPDATE: It appears the source for this claim was Chuck Schumer's own spokesman, Justin Goodman.
After the video started going viral and raising eyebrows, Goodman issued a short statement saying: "Schumer told her he was overjoyed because his mother had just been released from the hospital and is OK."
Note, the wording is almost identical to Kim's tweet which suggests she may have just uncritically regurgitated his spokesman's statement as fact without crediting him as the source.]
Schumer has always been a war hawk on Iran and he even went against his own president, Barack Obama, to take Israel's side over America's in opposing the Iran nuclear deal.
As Schumer said on March 18, 2018:
"The greatest threat to Israel in the short term is Iran, we know that. That's why I opposed the agreement, because Iran is such a danger," Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday of his opposition to the Iran deal in 2015. Schumer spoke at a breakfast of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
"But the long term danger for Israel is something we don't think about enough. The young people in America do not know Israel's story. If you look at the polling data, they don’t know what Israel has gone through, and their support for Israel is declining, in every part of the country, every age group [sic], even the evangelical young people’s support for Israel is declining."UPDATE: The New York Times reported Thursday night that Trump approved strikes on Iran but then abruptly backed down and ordered the strikes called off sometime after 7PM EST.
This suggests Schumer may have indeed been cheering the news that Trump was going to strike Iran.
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