Senate Minority Leader, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that President Trump's call for a "good" government shutdown earlier in the day is a "very, very bad idea."
The New York Democrat said he was encouraged that many Senate Republicans are not on board with the call, which Trump indicated could put pressure on the Senate to change the legislative filibuster threshold from 60 to 51 votes.
"The president's threat to shut down the government in September is just a very, very bad idea because it would hurt so many average folks," Schumer said. "I strongly urge my colleagues, and they have already ... said they have no desire to shut down the government. That is not the way to govern. That is not the way to come up with bipartisan compromise."
"Sixty senators ... signed a letter to Sen. McConnell and I saying we would not vote for any change in the rules when it comes to legislation. So I think the idea of the nuclear option for legislative stuff is pretty much dead," Schumer said.
"I'm not going to lecture [the president]. I hope it'll be a constructive force in the 2018 budget," he added. "I don't think threatening a shutdown is good for America."
Trump's tweet came after congressional leaders agreed to a $1 trillion spending package that is set for a vote on Wednesday, which does not include funding for a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, an initial demand by the White House.