Trump spars with top Democrats as govt shutdown looms

Trump spars with top Democrats as govt shutdown looms

He added that Schumer must come to understand "the way government works", in that the legislature must negotiate with the president to pass any meaningful bills.

Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Trump first cryptically said he would "take care of" the test, then blasted the Democratic leaders for not coming to a White House meeting on a government shutdown in light of the launch.

That suggests progress by Pyongyang in developing a weapon of mass destruction that could strike the US mainland. The leading Democrats said that they wouldn't meet with the president, but would still like to discuss a deal with establishment Republicans.

Trump posed with two empty chairs on either side of him that were marked with the Democratic leaders' names on Tuesday afternoon. I ran on stopping illegal immigration and won big.

The president also said the North Korea situation will be handled seriously.

And it muddied the waters on the same day Trump headed to Congress to urge fellow Republicans to unite behind his tax overhaul, a controversial bill that he wants on his desk by year-end. The result has been to make the world's most powerful nation mute and irrelevant in the global conversation about climate change. Then, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled against one GOP idea for a "trigger", which would have triggered tax increases in later years to bring in more revenue, if the plan failed to generate enough tax receipts in the future due to lower than anticipated economic growth.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, by contrast, has no master.

Some observers believe the Hwasong-15 missile that was tested on a high trajectory and splashed down in the Sea of Japan in the early hours of Wednesday in Asia could potentially reach Washington and the entire eastern US seaboard.

But Trump went on to criticize them on immigration, crime and taxes, tweeting, "I don't see a deal!"

But this week it appears that members are warming to the proposal - particularly after Mr Trump on Tuesday travelled to Capitol Hill, where he attended a lunch with Republican senators and answered their questions.

Col Manning, the Pentagon spokesman, said the North American Aerospace Defence Command, known as Norad, "determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies". Trump addressed the media by himself while between two place cards reserved for Pelosi and Schumer.

Democrats are also pressing for legislative protections for immigrants known as "Dreamers". If a new budget and spending plan is not passed by then, the government will shut down. Republicans are insisting that as part of any deal, caps on military spending be lifted.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it disappointing that Schumer and Pelosi won't meet with Trump.

Britt McHenry is a journalist based in Washington DC.

The administration has struggled to convince the public that the tax cut will help middle-class families, and a Harvard-Harris Poll showed a majority of voters oppose the bill. He has spoken only in broad terms, as when he told a Cabinet meeting last week, "We're going to give the American people a huge tax cut for Christmas - hopefully that would be a great, big, beautiful Christmas present".

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