Schumer, Pelosi Skip Out on WH Meeting After Trump’s Twitter Rant

By Melanie Arter | November 28, 2017 | 1:10 PM EST

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - Congressional Democratic leaders have pulled out of a White House meeting after President Donald Trump attacked them on Twitter.

Trump tweeted, “Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!"

Instead of meeting with the president, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) plan to meet with GOP congressional leadership.

"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," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

“Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader [Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)] and Speaker [Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)] to meet this afternoon. We don’t have any time to waste in addressing the issues that confront us, so we’re going to continue to negotiate with Republican leaders who may be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement," Pelosi and Schumer added.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement, saying, “It’s disappointing that Senator Schumer and Leader Pelosi are refusing to come to the table and discuss urgent issues.

“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. These issues are too important,” she said.

“The meeting will proceed as scheduled with Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell and administration officials who are committed to getting things done. If the Democrats believe the American people deserve action on these critical year-end issues as we do, they should attend,” Sanders said.

The current spending bill expires on Dec. 8.


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