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Congress' top Democrats ditch Trump meet after tweet

Congress' top Democrats ditch Trump meet after tweet

The Democratic leaders, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, responded to the president's provocations by pulling out of a scheduled White House meeting meant to address the thorny issues that lawmakers are facing as the end of the year approaches.

But the biggest deadline is December 8, when the current government funding bill expires.

He made one last pitch for Republicans to cut Trump out of the equation, reminding them how unpredictable the president is: "When the president stays out of it, we seem to do much better, the four leaders", Schumer said.

Mr. Trump, though, said he won't hesitate to blame Democrats for a shutdown.

But the New York Democrat and the White House have been locked in a war of words about a potential deal after the president said on Twitter that he was meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" on keeping the government open but "I don't see a deal". Trump unfurled an array of criticisms about the Democratic leaders, calling them weak on crime, illegal immigration, and military spending-topics that play well to his base and have little to do with the federal budget or tax reform bill that Republicans are trying to pass.

After Trump tweeted he didn't see a possible deal with Democrats, Democratic leaders backed out of a meeting with the president.

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Pelosi (pictured) and Schumer will try to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan in the afternoon, they said. "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".

"Chuck and Nancy" are, of course, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

President Trump speaks at a meeting on November 27, 2017. "I think that will have a huge effect on Schumer and Pelosi".

That time, Republicans controlled just the House while Democrats held the Senate and the White House, and voters blamed them for trying to dictate the outcome of the spending fight. The Trump administration and defense hawks in the Pentagon want to raise defense spending to over $600 billion. They are determined to secure legislation to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers who arrived as children but were put at risk by Mr. Trump's decision to end the Obama-era program that shields them from deportation.

With few other levers of power, Democrats are under pressure from their core voters to extract as many concessions as they can. Democrats want certain guarantees in any deal, including protections for unauthorized immigrants brought to the USA as children and restored funding for CHIP, the children's health insurance program.

While it was unlikely the missile fired in the early hours of Wednesday could yet carry a nuclear payload, the missile itself probably had the capability of reaching the United States capital, or anywhere else in the country, said David Wright, co-director of the global security programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Funds expired at the end of September, and Republicans and Democrats have fought over how to pay for an extension.

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