Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed his disappointment on Tuesday with his colleagues in Congress after top Democratic lawmakers canceled a meeting with President Donald Trump regarding the current tax reform push and budget plans.
“I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called,” McConnell told reporters when asked about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opting to meet with congressional Republicans instead of the president after Trump tweeted that he doubted he could make a deal with the pair.
“It never occurred to me that I could just say to President Obama: 'I'm not showing up,'” he continued, slamming the top Democrats for proving their “lack of seriousness about the matter before us, which is the funding of the federal government of the United States.”
“You have to ask them why they think it's appropriate to refuse to meet with the president of the United States over something as significant as how we fund troops and all other needs that are addressed by the spending decisions we make every year.”
Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement Tuesday announcing the meeting change: “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.”
Trump tweeted earlier in the day, “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!”
Watch McConnell's comments below, via MSNBC.