Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) addressed reporters Tuesday afternoon following news that Democratic leadership would skip a scheduled White House meeting.
“Now with just three-and-a-half short weeks to go before Christmas, the to-do list in Washington is long and is complicated,” Schumer said. "We need to write an omnibus appropriations bill. We need to extend funding for community health centers, reauthorize CHIP, pass disaster aid, and protect 'Dreamers.'
“Now in order to get all of this done in a few short weeks, all parties need to engage in good faith negotiations to reach an agreement,” the Senate minority leader added. “That's what we hoped would happen at today's White House meeting.”
Schumer continued by explaining why Democratic leadership had decided not to attend the Tuesday meeting:
"Unfortunately, the president had other ideas. With his tweet this morning, the president — with his tweet this morning, President Trump made sure that today's meeting is nothing but a photo op.
These issues are far too serious for these kinds of games. Mr. President, it's time to stop tweeting and start leading. There are serious questions that must be answered and many things that must be done."
The tweet referenced by Sen. Schumer accused “Chuck and Nancy” of wanting to flood the country with unchecked immigration:
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
The remarks from Schumer came after a joint statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused the Democratic leaders of pulling “antics”:
We have important work to do, and Democratic leaders have continually found new excuses not to meet with the administration to discuss these issues. Democrats are putting government operations, particularly resources for our men and women on the battlefield, at great risk by pulling these antics. There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there.
You can watch Schumer's remarks below.