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PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Chuck Schumer called Donald Trump “all braggadocio” and told New York Democrats Wednesday that Hillary Clinton would be a tougher president than her Republican rival.

“Nobody is going to push America around with Hillary Clinton as president,” said Schumer, the keynote speaker at the New York delegation breakfast on the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

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Schumer, like other Democrats, bashed Trump by saying the brash developer was all talk and no specifics. Talking about turmoil in the Middle East, Schumer said: “He has no solutions for this or anything else.”

“Is he going to put troops in the Middle East? Where is he going to put troops?” Schumer said.

Schumer continued: “All the name calling. That doesn’t put one nickel in the pockets of working families.”

Schumer predicted Clinton would take the lead in national polls after the Democratic convention concludes and hold it through Election Day.

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The senator lavished praise on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign — and Sanders delegates in the breakfast ballroom at the Loews hotel — saying it helped change the presidential campaign. Like Sanders, Schumer said he was skeptical of foreign-trade agreements that hurt American workers.

“Should I become [Senate] majority leader, we’re going to have an entirely different approach on trade,” Schumer said.

New York’s senior senator tread lightly on the Democratic division that marked the first day of the convention — Sanders’ supporters protests, the forced resignation of the chair of the Democratic National Committee — saying “there have been a few bumps in the road.” He said, though, Democrats are far more unified that Republicans.