Democrats skip Donald Trump meeting, raising risk of government shutdown

Top Democrats pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweet

"They've been all talk, and they've been no action".

MCEVERS: To talk about this we have NPR's Scott Horsley from the White House.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): "As President Trump made clear today, fixing our broken tax code is about two things: helping hardworking Missouri families keep more of what they earn and ensuring there are more opportunities and better-paying jobs for every American".

HORSLEY: Yeah, there was no first name banter this afternoon.

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Republicans view the Democrats' opposition as a political victor for them, especially in states such as Missouri, which Trump won by 19 points last fall, and where he is heading for rally Wednesday.

Discussing a potential government shutdown, Trump said, "If that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats if it happens it's going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall, which everybody wants". Schumer called that blatantly inaccurate and suggested that Trump is wasting time.

President Trump speaks at a meeting on November 27, 2017. And with the 2018 midterms less than a year away, it's too early to tell what the top issue on voters' minds will be when they head to the polls.

The Washington Times: "The president said that the tax cuts would help unleash an economic revival that he said was already underway because of his policies...."

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HORSLEY: And Pelosi herself tweeted that Trump now knows his verbal abuse will not be tolerated. With Republicans controlling 52 seats in the 100-seat chamber, the party can only afford to lose two votes in passing thebill, with vice president Mike Pence holding a casting vote. Americans are ready for a change in the tax code that allows them to flourish instead of just 'get by.' The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act would do just that by roughly doubling the standard deduction, which seventy-one percent of Missourians now use.

"America will win again like never ever before", he said. They want high taxes; we want low taxes.

On Tuesday afternoon, reports surfaced that North Korea fired a ballistic missile that experts believe can land in the U.S. They are determined to secure legislation to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers who arrived as children but were put at risk by Mr. Trump's decision to end the Obama-era program that shields them from deportation. So there's a lot for lawmakers to do with just three and a half weeks till Christmas. He talked about raising taxes on the wealthy, for example, and said in his convention speech, "I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people who cannot defend themselves".

His speech came as the Senate was preparing to cast a procedural vote later Wednesday on the tax package. The Senate Republican leader likened this to solving a Rubik's Cube.

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It is exceedingly rare for a secretary of state, America's face on the global stage, to be fired or to serve for a year or less. Too much churn could fuel the perception of chaos in the Trump White House - perhaps one reason he has yet to pull the trigger.

Mr. Trump then doubled down, posing for television cameras at the White House next to empty chairs and calling his would-be negotiating partners weak on crime, weak on immigration and weak on the military.

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