Tantrums: Democrats Are Refusing to End the Shutdown by Boycotting Meetings at the White House

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 1:30 PM

President Trump hosted a border security meeting at the White House Tuesday afternoon.

In an effort to make progress on the government shutdown, Trump invited Republican and Democrat lawmakers to attend with ideas. Not a single Democrat showed up. Their leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, were also missing. 

“As Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi refuse to negotiate, President Donald J. Trump and his team are working hard to find solutions to solve the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border and reopen the government. The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released in a statement. "Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government.  It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.” 

Here's a list of House Republicans who attended:

1. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
2. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
3. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
4. Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
5. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
6. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)
7. Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX)
8. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
9. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA)

On Tuesday morning, President Trump went after Pelosi and Schumer on Twitter. He also warned of another caravan headed to the U.S. from Honduras.

Trump will host a phone meeting with local community leaders on border security later in the afternoon.

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