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Democrats pull out of meeting after Trump tweet

Congress’ top Democratic leaders abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter, casting doubt on the prospects for a quick agreement to avert a government shutdown.
Congress’ top Democratic leaders abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter, casting doubt on the prospects for a quick agreement to avert a government shutdown.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is predicting passage of the Senate tax plan as he accuses Democratic leaders of being ‘‘all talk’’ and ‘‘no action.’’

The Republican president told reporters Tuesday that they were in a ‘‘very good position’’ after the Senate Budget Committee’s passage of the GOP tax plan.

Trump was joined by top Republican leaders from Congress at the White House. Democrats backed out of a planned meeting after Trump attacked them on Twitter.

The president left two seats open to his left and right with nametags for House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

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Pelosi responded by saying, Trump “now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated. His empty chair photo opp showed he’s more interested in stunts than addressing the needs of the American people,” according to NBC News.

Trump also went to the Capitol on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans to rally support for a sweeping tax bill. With no major legislative achievement, Trump is pushing hard for the GOP to deliver a tax cut bill to him by the end of the year.

President Donald Trump walked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) and Senator John Barrasso. through the Capitol building Tuesday.
President Donald Trump walked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) and Senator John Barrasso. through the Capitol building Tuesday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images