Top Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweet

Phillip Cunningham
December 3, 2017

In a joint statement, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said they didn't see a point in the scheduled meeting in view of Trump's tweet. She declared that the president "now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated". Instead, it centered on the slight from Schumer and Pelosi, with both Ryan and McConnell registering their disappointment briefly.

An undeterred Mr. Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to excoriate the Democrats again by accusing them of jeopardizing national security with shutdown threats.

The US President has threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" if it continues to work toward an ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear payload. Dems shouldn't hold troop funding hostage for amnesty & illegal immigration. "They can't now threaten a shutdown to get their demands", he said.

States will soon begin to lose money under the Children's Health Insurance Program, and areas hit by hurricanes are desperate for an infusion of cash before the end of the year.

Congress has three choices: approve a massive bill for more than $1 trillion to keep the government operating through September 30, 2018; pass a shorter extension of current funding to buy more time; or fail to pass anything and risk a partial government shutdown. "I got elected partially because of a border wall". The last time a government shutdown seemed somewhat likely was back in April, and polls taken at that time showed that voters found nearly no issue was worth shutting down the government.

"What we do now is return to our Republican colleagues and say, 'Is this the direction you want to take our government at the end of the year?'" said Representative Joseph Crowley of NY, a member of the Democratic leadership.

Top Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweet

The last shutdown in 2013 lasted more than two weeks and included some high-profile disruptions, including the Obama administration's closure of the open-air monuments on the National Mall.

He added that because Republicans need Democratic help to fund the government "bipartisanship is required". And Democrats were seen as being more opposed to a possible shutdown than Republicans.

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".

"If it happens, it's going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall - which everybody wants", he said. GOP leaders hope to have the full Senate take it up later this week.

"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.

"You worry anytime there is a hiccup this late in the process", he said.


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