Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Top Democrats Interested In Bipartisan Meeting Without Trump

Top Democrats Interested In Bipartisan Meeting Without Trump

Top congressional Democrats canceled a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday after the president tweeted that he didn't see the possibility of a deal to avert a government shutdown happening between the two parties. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan also reprimanded their Democratic colleagues for not showing up, though it was possible to nearly miss their presence, sitting at far ends of the table. They begged Mr. McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, to join them in direct negotiations without the president involved.

"If the president, who already said earlier this year that 'our country needs a good shutdown, ' isn't interested in addressing the hard year end agenda, we'll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April", the top Democrats said.

This followed a Trump tweet in which he said he would be meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" about keeping the government open and functioning, but simultaneously claimed that they "want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes".

Schumer and Pelosi didn't come rushing into that briefing, where Trump also weighed in on the Senate's tax plan and North Korea's missile launch.

Mr Schumer and Ms Pelosi added: "We don't have any time to waste". Schumer and Pelosi said they pulled out of the meeting because of a tweet Trump sent earlier in the day attacking them as weak on illegal immigration and bent on raising taxes.

Pelosi later responded to Trump's empty-chair bit on Twitter, saying "it showed he was more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people". "We hope it doesn't get to that", Shah said.

Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but their leaders will likely need to rely on at least some Democratic votes to pass the funding measure.

"The president's invitation to the Democrat leaders still stands and he encourages them to put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work", Sanders said. Trump wants a big, handsome border wall.

Warren said following a protest outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday that Trump "seems to think that that's somehow going to shut me up", and prevent her from "talking about the tax bill that would favor giant corporations instead of working families".

Congress will need to pass either a stopgap bill or a long-term funding deal by December 8 or the government will run out of money.

But the president's extraneous tweets and quips have diverted attention from Trump's agenda at a time of maximum effect for his tax proposal and with a series of looming budget deadlines and other priorities in Congress. Wednesday's tweets came hours before Trump was departing for Missouri to rally support for his tax plan in the Senate.

Two hours later, Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi struck back.

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