President Donald Trump does not believe a deal can be reached with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown.
Trump stated Nov. 28 that Republicans are in a "very good position" after the Senate Budget Committee adopted a GOP tax plan, according to The Associated press.
However, he played down hopes of a bipartisan agreement on government spending.
"Meeting with 'Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping government open and working," Trump tweeted, according to Reuters. "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!"
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer responded by canceling their planned White House meeting.
"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," wrote Pelosi, according to the AP.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders weighed in, urging Pelosi and Schumer to "put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work," CNN reported. She added that it was "disappointing that Sen. Schumer and Leader Pelosi are refusing to come to the table and discuss urgent issues."
An aide to Pelosi stated that the White House had been informed about Pelosi and Schumer's decision not to attend before the two Democrats released their statement.
"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," said Pelosi and Schumer. "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."
Speaking from the Senate, Schumer said the proposed meeting with the president would be a "show meeting that won't result in an agreement."
The White House meeting went ahead and was attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump left two chairs vacant with name tags on them for Pelosi and Schumer.
Government funding is currently scheduled to run out Dec. 8. Congress is permitted at present to spend $549 billion on defense programs and $519 billion on non-defense projects in 2018, representing a cut from current spending levels.
Prior to the proposed meeting, Schumer held out the prospect Nov. 27 of an agreement on spending levels, immigration policy, and the renewal of programs like the Children's Health Insurance Program.
"Hopefully we can make progress on an agreement that covers those time-sensitive issues that keeps the government running and working," Schumer said in the Senate, according to The Washington Post.
Sources: Reuters, AP via Boston Globe, The Washington Post, CNN / Featured Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr / Embedded Images: The White House/Facebook via Wikimedia Commons, Caleb Smith/Office of the Speaker of the House/Twitter via Wikimedia Commons