National Press Club

Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar says voters must 'call out' President Trump

July 17, 2019 | By Wesley G. Pippert | PippertW@missouri.edu

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic presidential candidate, spoke at the National Press Club about what she would do in her first 100 days if elected.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic presidential candidate, spoke at the National Press Club about what she would do in her first 100 days if elected.

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said voters must "call out" President Donald Trump for promises he hasn't kept or for his policies, which if strictly kept, might make him the No. 1 candidate for deportation.

Speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker event Tuesday, Klobuchar, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said Trump's assertion that there was a border crisis focused "on scaring the American people, immigrants and the public, trying to switch the news coverage."

"It's the kind of thing he does all the time," she said. "He picks out something and depends on you guys to cover it. I truly believe that is what he was doing. He created chaos at the border and he wants that chaos."

"We have to continue calling him out on things he hasn't done or his broken promises."

Klobuchar spoke after having just flown in from Iowa, site of the first Democratic caucuses next year. She trails the early frontrunners in opinion polls.

"I don't run long marathons or I'm not a sprinter," she said. "I'm really good at long bike rides and hiking and long parades, like in Ankeny, Iowa, last weekend. That's what this is about."

She said she has been the lead Democratic sponsor of more than 100 bills that have passed Congress.

Her talk was billed as focusing on she would do during her first 100 days as president, and she ticked off climate change, infrastructure improvement, comprehensive immigration legislation and gun safety legislation.