Shutdown Inches Closer as Pelosi and Schumer Ditch WH Budget Meeting After Trump Tweets He "Doesn't See a Deal"

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (aka "Chuck & Nancy") are the Democratic Party's top lawmakers. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Shutdown Inches Closer as Pelosi and Schumer Ditch WH Budget Meeting After Trump Tweets He "Doesn't See a Deal"

President sabotages his own legislative summit on a budget deal by telling Democratic leaders deal unlikely just ahead of meeting

The top Democratic leaders in Congress, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, abrubtly announced they would not attend a scheduled White House meeting on Tuesday after President Donald Trump said in a late morning tweet that a deal between the two major parties on budget issues wasn't likely.

In response, Pelosi and Schumer released a joint statement explaining their decision not to attend the meeting with Trump, though they would meet with the GOP's House and Senate leaders. "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," the statement read. Specifically, and as referenced in Trump's tweet, part of the political battle is the Democrats' desire for a budget deal to include provisions that would protect undocumented U.S. residents who entered or were brought to the country as minors, also known as Dreamers.

On the Senate floor, Schumer later announced that he and Pelosi had reached out to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to meet separately, but that invitation apparently did not receive a warm reception.

"There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon," responded McConnell and Ryan in a joint statement of their own. "If Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there."

The imbroglio sparked by Trump's tweet now increases the prospects of a possible government shutdown if a budget deal cannot be reached before a December 8 deadline.

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