Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump's Twitter attack

Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump's Twitter attack

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. For dramatic effect, Trump was flanked by two empty chairs where the Senate and House Minority Leaders would be sitting had they showed up to the White House.

The top Democrats in the House and the Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, announced that they would not attend the meeting after the president tweeted on Tuesday that he didn't "see a deal".

"Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won't result in an agreement, we've asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon", Pelosi tweeted later, referring to Speaker Paul Ryan Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.

"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", their statement said.

Top Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweet

"It never occurred to me that I could just say to President Obama: 'I'm not showing up, ' " McConnell said to reporters minutes after Trump lunched with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill. "I think that will have a huge effect on Schumer and Pelosi. I don't see a deal!"

But the president's extraneous tweets and quips have diverted attention from Trump's agenda at a time of maximum outcome 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.

Schumer and Pelosi were swift to jump on Trump's tweet in their response. But on Tuesday, the alliance with "Chuck and Nancy" was no more. Lawmakers would like to pass a spending measure to fund the government through the rest of the 2018 fiscal year, which goes through September 30.

The White House said on Wednesday that it does not expect the government to shut down next month, but has contingency plans in place if Congress fails to reach a deal on funding the government by a December 8 deadline.

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Defense hawks like Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, want a big boost in military spending.

The tweet was jarring to Democrats, given that Trump had briefly struck a nascent deal with them a few months ago to discuss protecting young undocumented immigrants. But they can't solve them if they're not talking to each other. Now in control of all three levers, Republicans would suffer even more from a shutdown, Democrats said.

Democrats also want money for a children's health program that serves over 8 million low-income children.

"Kim Jong-Un declared with pride that now we have finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power", she said.

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