- “He could speak New York to the President,” Pelosi said of Schumer
- “Both men are eager to cut through the BS — that is characteristically New York,” Borelli said
Half a dozen people who have met with the President or speak with him regularly say the former real estate executive is most energized by and at ease in the presence of people who hail from his home state. They cite a range of cultural factors, including the naturally blunt demeanor that New Yorkers are famous for, as well as overlapping sensibilities on political issues like infrastructure and spending.
Trump’s affinity for other New Yorkers led directly to an unexpected political deal last week with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — a Brooklyn-born Democrat.
If the abrupt agreement on hurricane funding, the debt ceiling and government spending shocked Republican leaders and even some of the President’s most senior staff, New Yorkers who have spent time with the two men didn’t bat an eye. It is no coincidence, they say, that Trump would have landed his first legislative deal with perhaps the one person in Washington who embodies New York as much as Trump does.
“If you were at a baseball game in Cincinnati, two New Yorkers in the crowd would easily identify each other. Based on what they’re saying, their mannerisms, a little bit of bravado,” said New York City Councilman Joe Borelli, who represents Staten Island and co-chaired Trump’s New York campaign. “Both men are eager to cut through the BS — that is characteristically New York.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who helped broker the agreement, quipped to reporters afterward about…
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