US Democrats Cancel Meeting with President Trump

Congress’ top two Democrats canceled plans Tuesday to attend an Oval Office meeting after President Donald Trump tweeted that he could not envision a fiscal deal to avoid a government shutdown.

“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,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement. “Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon.”



The White House meeting in the afternoon was to include the top Republican leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

In response to the cancellation, Ryan and McConnell issued a joint statement accusing the Democratic leaders of “antics” and finding “new excuses not to meet with the administration to discuss these issues.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the invitation “still stands, and [Trump] encourages them to put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work.”

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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