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President Trump slams top Democratic leaders for skipping meeting with him

President Trump slams top Democratic leaders for skipping meeting with him

The top Democrats in the House and Senate boycotted the meeting after Trump tweeted this morning he didn't expect to reach a bipartisan deal.

Republican leaders did not bite on Democrats' efforts to cut Trump out of the negotiations, even though privately, both sides agree that Trump's unpredictability seriously upends negotiations.

"Meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" today about keeping government open and working", he said in a tweet Tuesday.

"She wants your taxes to go up, she's weak on crime, she's weak on borders, she's weak on illegal immigration and she's weak on the military", Trump said in a speech in the St. Louis suburbs.

The move came hours before they were set to meet with the president at the White House and with only a matter of weeks remaining to reach some type of agreement.

Pelosi and Schumer responded with a joint statement bowing out of the meeting.

Democratic leaders in Congress have abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter.

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In an earlier statement, the two Democratic leaders said that instead of meeting the president, they meant to negotiate directly with their Republican counterparts in an attempt to avert a government shutdown next month.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the Democrats' decision "disappointing". Given that House Republicans have needed Democrats to help pass spending bills in recent years amid opposition from fiscal conservatives and because Senate Democrats can filibuster spending legislation, Schumer and Pelosi believe they have leverage to force a deal. Schumer reiterated that Democrats won't meet with Trump because of the tweet, which he said indicated that the president "isn't serious" about negotiating with them but is serious about scoring political points by dissing them. "These issues are too important".

"Our focus is on helping the folks who work in the mailrooms and the machine shops of America, the plumbers, the carpenters, the cops, the teachers, the truck drivers, the pipe fitters - the people that like me best", Trump said in a meandering speech in St. Charles.

GOP leadership will need 60 votes to pass a government funding bill in the Senate, including the support of at least eight Democrats.

"'They've been all talk and no action, ' Trump says of Chuck and Nancy, as he sits in a meeting room with empty chairs for them", quipped one of NPR's editors, Domenico Montanaro. "Sad!" she added, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump said he would "absolutely blame the Democrats" if a government shutdown takes place. But even as they stood up Trump, Democrats were insisting they're not the ones who picked this fight. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters, "I hope a year-end solution, a pathway to making sure you guys are home on Christmas Eve instead of hanging out here with us".

And on Capitol Hill, some progress was made on Tuesday during talks on the Republican tax bill. I got elected partially because of the border wall.


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