This morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the idea of meeting with Democratic leaders on a new spending bill and tax reform, stating that he didn’t see a deal as he claimed Democrats were just for illegal immigration, high taxes, and more crime. This led to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Nancy Pelosi backing out of the meeting, with Schumer calling it “nothing but a photo op.”
The White House suddenly announced this afternoon that the president was actually going to address the pool of reporters. This came on the heels of his meetings with Republicans over the tax bill. Prior to him making his way out, Senate Republicans were able to advance the bill out of the Budget Committee as Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) switched to a yes.
After briefly addressing the recent launch of a North Korean ballistic missile — he said he would take care of it — Trump took aim at Schumer and Pelosi for backing out of the meeting.
With a government shutdown looming, he also made clear that, in such a situation, he would “absolutely blame the Democrats” despite the fact that they control neither House nor Senate in Congress.
“They decided not to show up,” he stated. “They’ve been 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 for the meeting.”
He added that he believed the GOP tax bill will pass due to it getting through the Budget Committee. Trump also made sure to leave two seats open as he addressed reporters, making it obvious they were supposed to be for Pelosi and Schumer.
Shortly after the presser, Pelosi took to Twitter to criticize Trump for leaving the two open chairs by him in an effort to shame the Democratic leaders:
.@realDonaldTrump now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated. His empty chair photo opp showed he’s more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people. Poor Ryan and McConnell relegated to props. Sad!
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 28, 2017
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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