House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mocked President Trump for forcing Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to sit far away so he could be photographed next to empty chairs reserved for her and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Pelosi said the president was “more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people.”
“[email protected] now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated,” tweeted Pelosi. “His empty chair photo opp showed he’s more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people. Poor Ryan and McConnell relegated to props. Sad!”
.@realDonaldTrump now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated. His empty chair photo opp showed he’s more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people. Poor Ryan and McConnell relegated to props. Sad!
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 28, 2017
Pelosi and Schumer abruptly canceled their meeting with President Trump after he attacked them on Twitter and said that he didn’t “see a deal” with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown.
“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working,” Trump had said. “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!”
“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 two Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.
Former staffers for President Obama and former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday ripped Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for lying to reporters that he “never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called.”
“I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called,” McConnell told reporters, adding that Schumer and Pelosi’s decision showed “a lack of seriousness” to work toward a deal on a government spending bill before the end of the year.
Reporters, as well as a former Obama adviser, quickly pointed out that McConnell refused a meeting with Obama in 2010, opting instead to attend a dinner for the conservative Federalist Society.
“McConnell would also pretend to be ‘busy’ to prevent a meeting from being scheduled because he didn’t want his base to see him with Obama,” former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted.
McConnell would also pretend to be "busy" to prevent a meeting from being scheduled because he didn't want his base to see him with Obama https://t.co/F0CnGE8tDo
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 28, 2017
“Can confirm,” replied Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff for Reid.