NEGOTIATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDING BREAKDOWN ALREADY - November 29, 2017
Shutdown Negotiations Between Trump and Democrats Break Down Before Starting
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Negotiations between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding the government past Dec. 8 broke down before they even began on Tuesday, with leaders of the minority party backing out of a meeting at the White House that they said was just for show.
The White House had scheduled a meeting for Tuesday afternoon with the president; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that “Chuck and Nancy” wanted “illegal immigrants flooding into our country unchecked” and to “substantially raise taxes.” He added he therefore did not “see a deal” on “keeping government open and working.”