Listen: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, President Donald Trump, Government discussed on Morning Edition
"I'm Richard Hake. The longest government shutdown in US history was also an early test for Brooklyn Representative Hakeem Jeffries in his new role as leader for house. Democrats says WNYC Washington correspondent John O'Connor reports colleagues of Jeffries say he's passed the tests, but still has to deliver more. Open. The government. Brooklyn, congressman Hakeem Jeffries had just delivered a pep talk to his House Democratic colleagues on the thirty third day of the partial government shutdown public now at a press conference. He was delivering a message to President Donald Trump and Republicans the government shutdown needs to end in order for us to have a responsible mature conversation about border security, two months into his term is chairman of the House Democratic caucus Jeffries immediately found himself in a pressure cooker fighting back against Trump keeping his flock on message and balancing the instincts of moderate Democrats to cut deals with insurgents who want to breathe fire just two years ago. He was a backbencher in the minority party and flirting with a run for mayor now at the age of forty nine and in his fourth term Jeffries is the fifth ranking democrat in a newly energized majority ally say he got there by honing the democr-. Rats message to a sharp point and using sharp elbows for rivals who get in the way. Exact right person at the right time. Given the diversity that we have in our caucus. That's democratic Representative. Greg Meeks whose district includes parts of queens, and Nassau counties is unprecedented. The longest shutdown history of our country and yet.."