On Tuesday afternoon, a suspect identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a Home Depot truck down a bike path in lower Manhattan plowing down pedestrians before slamming into a school bus. He then got out of the truck shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
The attack left eight dead and at least a dozen people injured. Since then, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to address the incident.
Schumer then responded on his own Twitter account:
Then on Wednesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders held a press briefing and took questions from reporters. One reporter began asking a question:
“On Sen. Schumer, can you tell us when was the last time he and the president spoke, and more broadly, the president saying that he is responsible at least in part for this attack. Does the president still see him — ”
Sanders jumped in before he could finish the question and set the record straight about the president and Schumer:
“Before you go any further, let me be really clear. The president has not blamed Sen. Schumer and doesn’t feel that the senator is responsible for the attack. We believe very strongly that the individual who carried out the attack is responsible and no one else.
However, we do think that there are policies that could be put in place that help protect American citizens. We’ve been talking about those for a long time. And we continue to push and advocate for those policies.”
Then the reporter doubled down, asking if the president would still “consider Sen. Schumer as someone he can work with.”
Sanders fired back:
“We’d love to work with Sen. Schumer to pass legislation on extreme vetting. And if he’s willing to do that, we would absolutely welcome his support on it.”
Watch the full clip below.