Tuesday morning, Trump brewed himself up a war with Congress, or at least the Democrats in Congress, when he blasted them in a tweet about a meeting that hadn’t even happened yet.
Trump was scheduled to meet with Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the respective Minority Leaders of the Senate and House, to discuss a deal that would prevent a government shutdown later this year. But like every situation in which Trump believes he may be able to “assert his authority,” he decided to set the terms of the meeting in advance by tweeting that he didn’t see how they could possibly reach a deal:
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
It’s no small wonder, then, that much like the rest of Twitter — who were basically aghast at the President’s lack of desire to even come to the table honestly — “Chuck and Nancy” were none too thrilled, either.
In the span of just a few hours, Trump has gone from having a meeting on the table with people whose votes he actually needs this time to… nothing.
They pulled out of the meeting.
Who can blame them? He’s publicly insulted them countless times, lied about their agenda, including in this morning’s tweet, and essentially declared they were worthless. But his itchy Twitter fingers got the best of him again, and before anyone could pull him aside and let him know how important it was going to be to strike some sort of agreement with Schumer and Pelosi, he fired off another missile at the top Democrats.
In a joint statement, the pair were blunt:
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.”
That’s how you remind a childish president who the adults in the room are.
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