Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer charged Wednesday that President Trump has done "virtually nothing on trade" despite claiming during the campaign that he would renegotiate major trade deals to help create jobs in the United States.
"We look at things on the merits, and the problem is President Trump has talked a good game and done virtually nothing on trade but study it," Schumer, D-N.Y., said at an event laying out Democrats' goals on trade policy.
"We need action, and if President Trump wants to work with us to get these things done, good, because we need to get a better deal for American workers," Schumer added.
Schumer and other Democrats held a press conference to explain how trade fits into their "Better Deal" agenda. He called for a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, something Trump has started, and also pushed for the creation of an independent trade prosecutor to push back against unfair trade practices.
"We need to revamp out trade laws from top to bottom," Schumer said.
Democrats called for a new measure to fight back against currency manipulation by China, and the outsourcing of jobs to that country.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., a top target of Republicans in 2018, has been under fire from GOP groups after the Associated Press revealed that he held stock in a family company that outsourced jobs to Mexico. He ultimately divested from the stock. While Donnelly briefly answered a question at the press conference, opponents chanted "hey hey, ho ho, Mexico Joe has got to go" before he quickly finished his answer.
In addition to Donnelly, Schumer was joined by four other senators who are up for re-election and hail from states won by President Trump in November — Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.