President Trump fired on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi after they cancelled their meeting with him.
Name cards for Schumer and Pelosi pic.twitter.com/mhXd87m7JR
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 28, 2017
Trump, next to empty seats for Schumer and Pelosi, says: “They’ve been all talk and they’ve been no action.” pic.twitter.com/81YRIkSZPL
— Axios (@axios) November 28, 2017
The Hill reported: President Trump tore into Democratic leaders on Tuesday for skipping a legislative strategy session at the White House.
Trump said he is “not surprised” that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided not to attend, accusing them of being “all talk” and “no action.”
“Now it’s even worse. Now it’s not even talk. Now they’re not even showing up to the meeting,” Trump said.
The president spoke at the White House, flanked by two empty chairs with placards for Schumer and Pelosi.
President Trump said he would blame Schumer and Pelosi if the government shuts down.
“If that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats,” he said.
The saber rattling among Trump and congressional Democrats raised fears that a shutdown is becoming more likely.
The current funding bill expires on Dec. 8, leaving Congress less than two weeks to work out a deal or approve a stopgap bill to buy more time for talks.
Leaders have not even agreed to spending levels for an omnibus funding bill. Complicating matters, Democrats are demanding that a measure that would allow certain young undocumented immigrants to continue to live and work in the U.S. be included.
They want to provide a fix for people who benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era initiative that Trump cancelled earlier this year.
“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,” Trump said of a possible shutdown.
The president has previously said he wants to help immigrants who benefit from the DACA program. “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do),” he tweeted in September. “If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!
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