Trump: No-Show Schumer, Pelosi 'All Talk and No Action' on Tax Reform, Military Funding
President Trump ripped the respective top House and Senate Democrats for reneging on a meeting with him, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
"They want tax increases and we want major tax decreases," Trump said with the two seats on either side of him at the table noticeably empty.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided against coming to the meeting, as some reports said it was a critical Trump tweet that gave them pause.
Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
Trump said that, after news of the latest North Korean missile launch, he expected the duo to find their way to the White House "fairly quickly."
He praised the Republicans' work on tax reform, saying that the United States' corporate rate must rival China's 15 percent in order for our economy to boom again.
Ryan added that he too found it "regrettable" that Pelosi and Schumer stayed away from the White House.
McConnell said that in all of his years in both the majority and minority, he could not recall "any time [I] turned down an opportunity to come to the White House."
He added that Schumer must come to understand "the way government works," in that the legislature must negotiate with the president to pass any meaningful bills.
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