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.
Flanked by empty chairs with name cards for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Trump said he was "not really that surprised" the Democratic leaders decided not to attend a scheduled meeting at the White House.
US President Donald Trump pledged to "take care" of North Korea after its latest ballistic missile launch -the first after a two-month hiatus - which his Pentagon chief said was its highest yet, signifying an expanded threat.
Democrats blamed Mr. Trump for upsetting them earlier in the day, after he posted on Twitter that he couldn't accept the wish list Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi are seeking as Congress writes a 2018 spending bill. They begged Mr. McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, to join them in direct negotiations without the president involved.
But other Republicans see a severe risk in a government shutdown when they control both chambers of Congress and the White House.
After Trump tweeted he didn't see a possible deal with Democrats, Democratic leaders backed out of a meeting with the president.
But Trump has shown a willingness to work with Schumer and Pelosi before.
Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi Cancel Donald Trump “Waste Of Time” Meeting After Tweet Taunt
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump was applauding the committee for "taking an important step toward passing historic tax relief and reform and clearing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this afternoon". "We had a phenomenal meeting with the Republican senators", he said.
Pelosi later responded to Trump's empty-chair bit on Twitter, saying "it showed he was more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people". "If that happens, it's going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall which everybody wants".
And on Capitol Hill, some progress was made on Tuesday during talks on the Republican tax bill. "I got elected partially because of a border wall".
Congress faces a December 8 deadline to pass stop-gap legislation to keep the government running.
Warren said following a protest outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday that Trump "seems to think that that's somehow going to shut me up", and prevent her from "talking about the tax bill that would favor giant corporations instead of working families".
Democrats complained they were disappointed by the president's statement on Twitter suggesting that it would be hard to reach a deal with Democrats, prompting them to cancel the meeting.
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