Schumer: 'Great progress' in funding talks before Trump tweet

Schumer: 'Great progress' in funding talks before Trump tweet

Schumer: 'Great progress' in funding talks before Trump tweet

Hours after North Korea launched its longest-ranging intercontinental ballistic missile test to date, USA president Donald Trump addressed the nation from the White House, scolding Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for not meeting with the President and Republicans on Tuesday afternoon.

Schumer and Pelosi said: "Given that the president doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead". Come to the White House, said Republican leaders in a statement to Democrats.

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.

Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said it would be hard for Democrats to blame Republicans for a shutdown if they were the ones who walked away from talks with the president.

"I don't see a deal!" he concluded.

In fact, in 2010, McConnell-then the Senate minority leader-skipped dinner with President Barack Obama in favor of a meal with the conservative Federalist Society.

Mr Schumer and Ms Pelosi added: "We don't have any time to waste". "There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there".

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"We have important work to do, and Democratic leaders have continually found new excuses not to meet with the administration to discuss these issues", the two Republicans said.

"Kim Jong-Un declared with pride that now we have finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power", she said.

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

With time running short, lawmakers may be forced to pass a stopgap spending measure to keep the government open past next week, just as they did in September when the last shutdown deadline approached, but that too would need Democratic votes. If it happens, it's going to be over illegals coming into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall, which everyone wants-I got elected partially because of the border wall.

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".

As McConnell prepared to leave for the meeting at the White House, he said Pelosi and Schumer's protest demonstrated a "lack of seriousness". "That strikes me as a lack of seriousness about the matter before us".

The acrimonious back-and-forth between Mr. Trump and the Democratic leaders began, as has become customary, with a presidential tweet.

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