Trump Continues to Swipe at Democrats Who Hold Votes He Needs

Top Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweet

On December 8, the US government will run out of money (though the deadline may be temporarily extended to later in the month).

That prompted Schumer and Pelosi to bow out of the meeting, saying if that was the president's position, there was no point in attending.

President Trump's empty chair stunt sparked a torrent of memes and jokes on Twitter and onlookers have penned pithy captions to correspond to the image of the billionaire property developer surrounded by empty chairs. "We have a lot of differences", Trump said of Schumer and Pelosi. They've been all talk and no action, and now it's even worse.

MCEVERS: To talk about this we have NPR's Scott Horsley from the White House.

President Donald Trump said he's not surprised Democratic leaders did not show up to a planned meeting with him to negotiate a spending package to avert a government shutdown.

Donald Trump probably thought his decision to pose between two empty seats reserved for missing Democratic leaders was a stroke of genius - or in his own words "smart" - but it has backfired and the U.S. president has been roundly mocked.

President Donald Trump appeared to give up on winning Democratic support as he promoted the GOP tax overhaul plan Wednesday, taking aim at a chief Republican target and repeatedly boosting her rival. "These issues are too important".

Top Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweet

The Washington Times: "The president said that the tax cuts would help unleash an economic revival that he said was already underway because of his policies...." They may also consider legislation to shore up the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets.

Back at the White House, with empty seats beside him featuring name tags for Schumer and Pelosi, Trump addressed the media.

"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", they said in a statement announcing that they would skip the meeting.

"America will win again like never ever before", he said. "The Republicans want a shutdown - we know that's a mistake". What else do lawmakers have on their plate right now?

Mr. Trump does not want to be blamed for mass deportations of people who were brought to the country through no choice of their own, a presidential adviser has said. And Democrats want to reach a deal regarding that program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, as part of the year-end negotiations. He talked about raising taxes on the wealthy, for example, and said in his convention speech, "I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people who cannot defend themselves".

His speech came one day after the Senate Budget Committee advanced the GOP-backed tax bill to the floor by a 12-11 vote along partisan lines. The Senate Republican leader likened this to solving a Rubik's Cube. So we'll see what happens as to shutdown.

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