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Trump says U.S. will 'take care of' North Korean launch

Trump says U.S. will 'take care of' North Korean launch

The Democrats and most of the news media will work hard to present any looming or actual shutdown as President Trump's and the Republicans' fault.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer nixed a sit-down with Trump after the President tweeted that no deal could be made with "Chuck and Nancy".

Hours before he was set to meet with the top congressional leaders from both parties, he offered a downbeat forecast for negotiating with Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi.

"We don't have any time to waste in addressing the issues that confront us, so we're going to continue to negotiate with Republican leaders who may be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement", the Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.

Mr. Trump, though, said he won't hesitate to blame Democrats for a shutdown.

The president, flanked by two empty chairs for no-shows Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said he was "not really that surprised" they didn't come, even if the seating chart suggested otherwise.

"I don't see a deal!" he concluded. "I think the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate need to understand the way the government works". But on Tuesday, the alliance with "Chuck and Nancy" was no more.

That time, Republicans controlled just the House while Democrats held the Senate and the White House, and voters blamed them for trying to dictate the outcome of the spending fight.

The meeting was meant to discuss the year-end spending bill to keep the federal government running and avert a shutdown.

Defense hawks like Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, want a big boost in military spending. But they can't solve them if they're not talking to each other. And Democrats were seen as being more opposed to a possible shutdown than Republicans.

His tweet about them on Tuesday helped allay concerns among some Republicans that he might use the meeting to negotiate with Democrats — without significant GOP input — on a budget deal or to protect immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children and whose protected status is set to lapse next year. Democrats want certain guarantees in any deal, including protections for unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and restored funding for CHIP, the children's health insurance program.

But Democrats' support for any modifications to the legislation would be conditioned on legislative protections for immigrants known as "Dreamers"(those who were brought to the USA illegally when still children and who have stayed since) while some conservative Republicans have objections.

Another issue is the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has had broad bipartisan support since it was created in 1997. Unless Congress provides more money, states will have to freeze enrollment or start shutting down the program, which serves more than eight million children.


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