Democratic leaders boycotted a meeting with trump when he said that he sees no opportunity to negotiate
The US government may be left without funding in just 10 days, however, scheduled for Tuesday talks between President trump and democratic leaders in Congress aimed at preventing a partial government closure has already been met in its path a barrier in connection with the sharpened political conflicts in Washington.
Trump wrote on Twitter that he plans to meet with leaders of the democratic minority in the Senate and House of representatives Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, to discuss how to ensure the continuation of the government’s work after the deadline, which is December 8th.
However, the American leader admitted that he sees no possibility in the near future to negotiate with Schumer and Pelosi, saying: “the Problem is that they want our country to freely penetrate the crowd of immigrants who hold weak positions on crime and want to significantly raise taxes”.
Several hours later, Schumer and Pelosi canceled the meeting at the White house, saying that because trump did not believe an agreement is likely, they can’t afford to spend time to meet him. Democratic leaders added that this meeting would be only indicative and not lead to an agreement.
According to Schumer and Pelosi, the most effective will be meeting with Republican leaders in Congress: Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan.
“We will continue to negotiate with Republican leaders who may be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement,” they said.
Later, the White house said: “the fact that Schumer and Pelosi refuse to sit at the negotiating table and to discuss urgent problems, disappointing. The President’s invitation remains in force, and he urged Democrats to drop the pettiness, stop the political games to the public and to take up the case. These issues are too important.”
According to the administration, meeting with Ryan, McConnell and assistant White house will still take place, and if “Democrats believe that the American people deserve that we take action on these critical issues, they should come”.
Ryan and McConnell also called on Schumer and Pelosi to be in the White house.
“We have important things to do, and democratic leaders continue to find excuses not to meet with representatives of the administration and to discuss these issues, â€“ said the Republicans. â€“ His antics the Democrats are jeopardizing the work of the government, especially resources for our soldiers on the battlefield. Today at the White house meeting, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will come”.
If political leaders fail in the near future to reach agreement on funding the government before the end of this fiscal year, which ends in September 2018, they can take temporary measure aimed at giving a reprieve to a long-term solution before Congress leaves for winter break.
Republicans and Democrats adhere to radically opposing views on the formation of the budget. Republicans want to increase defense spending, Democrats insist that such measures should be combined with increased funding of social programs.
Democrats also want to include in the budget a provision that prohibits the Trump deport 600,000 young people who arrived in the country with his parents as a minor. Trump instructed the Congress to address this issue until March, but wants to ensure the allocation of funds for the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico to curb the influx of illegal immigrants. Democrats and some Republicans oppose the construction of the wall.
Some Democrats say they would not vote for the budget, if young immigrants, so-called “Dreamers”, will not protect from deportation. Republicans oppose inclusion of immigration provisions in the budget bill and insist that this issue should be addressed through a separate bill in 2018.