After Trump tried to play hardball on avoiding a government shutdown, Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that meeting with the President would be a waste of time.
After Trump said he didn’t see a deal coming with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown, Pelosi and Schumer issued a joint statement:
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. Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon. 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.
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. 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.
Trump is so irrelevant that Democrats would rather not waste their time talking to the President Of The United States. The one defining characteristic of the Trump presidency is that anything this president touches dies. Trump only makes things worse when he gets involved.
Pelosi and Schumer’s statement was a direct kick to the ego of Trump. Trump is worse than useless. He is irrelevant, and Democrats are going to ignore his posturing and move forward without wasting a moment of their time talking to him.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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