On Friday, the White House was upset that Schumer decided to vote no on the deal and suggested that he has put his path to be the upcoming Democratic leader in great doubt.
A person who is familiar with the decision by Schumer said the allies of the senator blame the Obama administration for leaking this news of a private call that Schumer made to the president on Thursday afternoon and breaking the request the senator made directly to President Obama to allow him until Friday to let people know of his decision.
The same person noted that Obama and no one else was told of Schumer’s decision before news of its started to leak.
The White House said that no doubt the difference of opinion that emerged overnight is one, which existed between Schumer and the President for more than a decade.
Asked if Schumer’s Democratic conference leadership role was in doubt, the White House avoided a direct answer by saying that was a question for the Democratic senators to answer.
Obama and his aides did not expect Schumer to support the Iran deal, but the way Schumer expressed his opposition to it enraged all of them. It was not the timing of the statement released at 10:00 p.m. the night of the first debate of the GOP, but the time of such a rejection from a high-profile senator with four weeks and many undecided Senators still to go.
Allies of Schumer suggest that the White House violated the private agreement between Schumer and the President and put the news out there amidst the GOP debate to quash as much of the attention they could of an embarrassment that the president and his team were expecting.
This explosion of comments follows a number of years of pent up frustration inside the White House towards Senator Schumer. A former Obama speechwriter tweeted that “Senator Schumer, who called it a mistake to pass Obamacare, is now coming out with opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. This is the next Senate leader?”