Tuesday, a meeting between President Trump and Democratic Congressional leadership was cancelled after the president tweeted:
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
Senator Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that said, as reported by Politico, “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.” They further added, “If the President, who already said earlier this year that ‘our country needs a good shutdown,’ isn’t interested in addressing the difficult year end agenda, we’ll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April.” They continued with, “We look forward to continuing to work in good faith, as we have been for the last month, with our Republican colleagues in Congress to do just that.” Republicans will be putting forward a short term patch to keep the government funded past the December 8 deadline, while both sides negotiate. Both sides are far apart on a deal to keep the government open. Democrats badly want a deal on the “Dreamers” as part of keeping the government running, but Republicans don’t want that as part of any big spending deal. The question remains though, were the Democratic leaders right to cancel today’s meeting?
MSNBC covering the cancelling of the meeting:
Were Democratic leaders right to cancel the meeting with the president? Are they showing the president that his tweets have consequences? Or, do they need to get over it and get back to work?