Democrats skip Donald Trump meeting, raising risk of government shutdown

Dec 03, 2017, 00:59
Democrats skip Donald Trump meeting, raising risk of government shutdown

"Given that the President doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead", read a joint statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Democrats and most of the news media will work hard to present any looming or actual shutdown as President Trump's and the Republicans' fault.

Ms. Pelosi fired back on Twitter, mocking the Republican leaders, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, for going along with the theatrics.

Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said it would be hard for Democrats to blame Republicans for a shutdown if they were the ones who walked away from talks with the president.

The missile launch comes two weeks after President Donald Trump's 12-day Asia tour, where he urged the leaders of North Korea's neighboring nations to ramp up pressure for Kim to cool his rapidly expanding missile program.

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After Trump tweeted he didn't see a possible deal with Democrats, Democratic leaders backed out of a meeting with the president. "Now it's not even talk", Trump said, speaking from the Roosevelt Room, where he sat between to empty chairs with placards for Pelosi and Schumer. "We have a lot of differences", Trump said of Schumer and Pelosi. Or will they vote against it and shut down the government?

"Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes", he wrote.

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". Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "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".

And on Capitol Hill, some progress was made on Tuesday during talks on the Republican tax bill.

While it did not pose any threat to USA territories, a spokesman for the Pentagon said: "Our commitment to the defence of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad".

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Trump said he would "absolutely blame the Democrats" for a potential government shutdown. Meanwhile, Democrats have set a self-imposed December deadline to grant illegal immigrant Dreamers full citizenship rights, and Mr. Trump says he wants funding for his border wall and other immigration restrictions.

The meeting was meant to discuss the year-end spending bill to keep the federal government running and avert a shutdown.

"We have a very serious approach".

"If the President reverses course and decides he wants to be a constructive force...we're happy to meet with him anytime, anywhere, anyplace", Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.

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