President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, but the Democratic leaders didn’t show up because of a tweet, according to USA Today.
The meeting was supposed to address potential deals to fund the government and to come up with an immigration agreement. Current funding for the government runs out Dec. 8. DACA will end in March, leaving 800,000 undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
But Tuesday morning, Trump sent a tweet that caused Schumer and Pelosi to no-show.
Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigr… https://t.co/jq3DYver4Q— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1511878666.0
“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping the government open and working,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
Questioning the purpose of going into a negotiation meeting with the president publicly doubting the likelihood of progress, Schumer and Pelosi issued a statement bowing out.
“Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon,” they said in a joint statement.
McConnell and Ryan said thanks, but no thanks, to the meeting request, criticizing the Democrats for putting government operations at risk with “antics.”
“I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called, a bipartisan meeting,” McConnell said. “It never occurred to me that I could just say to President Obama ‘I’m not showing up.’ That strikes me as a lack of seriousness about the matter before us, which is the funding of the federal government of the United States for the rest of the fiscal year.”
The collapse of the meeting shows how much the relationship between Trump and the Democrats has changed since September, when Trump appeared ready to make a bipartisan deal protecting DACA recipients.