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Top Dems call off sit-down with Trump after 'Chuck and Nancy' tweet

03 December 2017, 12:58 | Violet Powell

Greg Nash

Schumer 'Great progress' in funding talks before Trump tweet

Speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room in the White House after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the Sea of Japan, Mr Trump said that it would not change the USA strategy towards North Korea.

In a joint statement, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said they didn't see a point in the scheduled meeting in view of Trump's tweet. They begged Mr. McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, to join them in direct negotiations without the president involved.

"We don't have any time to waste in addressing the issues that confront us, so we're going to continue to negotiate with Republican leaders who may be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement".

Less than two weeks before much of the government runs out of money, President Trump on Tuesday escalated the threat of a shutdown, accusing Democratic congressional leaders of plotting to use their leverage to raise taxes and flood the country with undocumented immigrants. Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that he doesn't "see a deal" happening with "Chuck and Nancy" due to their stances on immigration and taxes.

Schumer and Pelosi were swift to jump on Trump's tweet in their response. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "The President's invitation to the Democrat leaders still stands, and he encourages them to put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work". "They're weak on illegal immigration", Trump said.

Pelosi and Schumer are resisting the tax cuts and will look to work with several Republican lawmakers who have been critical of Trump and tax reform plans that they argue do little for small business, an issue that is seen as critical to the GOP's prospects at 2018 mid-term elections.

And on Capitol Hill, some progress was made on Tuesday during talks on the Republican tax bill.

Top Democrats have canceled a meeting with President Trump after he knocked party leaders.

Congress will need to pass either a stopgap bill or a long-term funding deal by December 8 or the government will run out of money.

"I'll only say that we will take care of it", said trump, adding that "this is a situation with which the United States can handle". "That strikes me as a lack of seriousness about the matter before us".

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 U.S. capital, or anywhere else in the country, said David Wright, co-director of the global security programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

How this increases the potential for a shutdown: Trump's sticking on issues important to his base makes him less likely to compromise with Democrats, who want to advance polar opposite issues important to their base.

Tuesday morning, the president tweeted about an upcoming bipartisan meeting.

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