Citing Democratic leaders' positions on immigration, crime, and taxes, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he doubted his meeting with them would result in any kind of deal to prevent a government shutdown:
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
“Meeting with 'Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping government open,” Trump said in reference to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Trump's tweet came just as his party attempted to push a controversial tax reform plan through Congress, where members face a Dec. 15 deadline for extending government funding.
When Trump met with “Chuck and Nancy” in September, they agreed to a legislative package that would extend funding and the debt ceiling, something that reportedly both Schumer and Trump were expected to work on repealing.
Politicians could tie a spending deal to immigration reform as well as tax cuts. Trump recently asked Congress for $1.6 billion in border wall funding, something Democrats fiercely opposed, and Democrats hope to provide a solution for immigrants who will eventually lose their legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Trump's meeting came as Republicans in both chambers pushed tax packages that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated would inflate the deficit by trillions of dollars. Both the House's and Senate's plans, according to the CBO, would effectively limit Americans' ability to obtain low-cost health coverage, another sticking point for Congressional Democrats.