Trump ‘Not Surprised’ Dems Did Not Show for Meeting

By Melanie Arter | November 28, 2017 | 9:46 PM EST

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was not surprised that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) did not show for their planned meeting and accused them of being weak on crime and immigration.

“Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi did not show up for our meeting today. I'm not really that surprised. We have a lot of differences. They're weak on crime, they're weak on illegal immigration,” the president said during a meeting with GOP congressional leadership.

“They want the illegal folks to come pouring into our border and a lot of problems are being caused, although we've stopped it to a large extent as much as you can without the law, which we're going to get,” Trump said.

As reported, Schumer and Pelosi scrapped the meeting with the president after he 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!”

The president also acknowledged that North Korea launched another ballistic missile and accused Schumer and Pelosi of being “weak on military” before North Korea’s missile launch.

“Before this meeting and before this missile launch, they've been weak on military. In terms of spending, they're very hard to get the military -- they want it for a lot of other things, but the military is always secondary to them. The military, to me, is number one. We won't be here without our powerful military, and we're building it up stronger, bigger, better than ever before, and General Mattis can testify to that,” he said.

“And the other thing: They want tax increases, and we want major tax decreases. So they decided not to show up. They've been all talk, and they've been no action, and now it's even worse. Now it's not even talk. So they're not showing up to the meeting,” Trump said.

Later, Trump tweeted, “After North Korea missile launch, it's more important than ever to fund our gov't & military! Dems shouldn't hold troop funding hostage for amnesty & illegal immigration. I ran on stopping illegal immigration and won big. They can't now threaten a shutdown to get their demands.”

Trump said he had a great meeting with GOP leaders, adding that there was a unanimous vote on the tax cut bill on the Republican side.

“And it goes now the next step, and I think we're going to get it passed. I think it's going to pass, and it's going to be very popular. It's going to have lots of adjustments before it ends, but the end result will be a very, very massive -- the largest in the history of our country -- tax cut,” the president said.

“And lots of good things are going to happen, including the bringing back to our country of -- probably will end up being over $4 trillion -- money offshore that's stagnant that companies -- they're just not able to bring it back, so I think it's going to be a number over $4 trillion,” he said. “Corporate will be able to compete now against the world.”

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