Early Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted out a message to Democratic Congressional leaders that basically said he wasn’t making any sort of deal with Democrats during their meeting which was scheduled for later in the day.
In response to that tweet, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pulled out of the meeting. Schumer tweeted:
‘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.’
‘If the President, who already said earlier this year that “our country needs a good shutdown,” isn’t interested in addressing the difficult year end agenda, we’ll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April.’
In response to Pelosi and Schumer, Republicans, of course, attempted to blast them for the decision to not meet with a president who was already refusing to make a deal to begin with. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters:
‘I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called, a bipartisan meeting. It never occurred to me that I could just say to President Obama, “I’m not showing up.” That strikes me as a lack of seriousness…’
Sen. Mitch McConnell says Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are showing a “lack of serious” by cancelling a budget meeting with President Trump https://t.co/6uJzhWwOSz https://t.co/d3K1pTfVhm
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 28, 2017
The scolding made for a good sound bite. However, there’s just one problem with McConnell’s comments. He did skip out on some meetings with President Obama. In fact, former President Barack Obama’s own staffers are coming forward and calling out McConnell for the blatant lie he told to reporters.
The senior advisor to Obama, Dan Pfeiffer, tweeted:
‘McConnell would also pretend to be “busy” to prevent a meeting from being scheduled because he didn’t want his base to see him with Obama.’
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Harry Reid tweeted simply, “Can confirm,” in response to Pfeiffer’s tweet.
Additionally, a former reporter for the New York Times and Washington Post tweeted:
‘But McConnell did skip a WH meeting Obama called! To attend a Federalist Society dinner and enlist help for repealing Obama’s ACA.’
She also linked to a Huffington Post article about that incident.
She also pointed out the major hypocrisy of McConnell’s comments.
‘And I have little doubt that if Obama had said such a thing before their WH meeting, McConnell — like Schumer/Pelosi — would have skipped it.’
McConnell might want to check his past appointment books before pulling a Jeff Sessions boneheaded “I can’t recall” move.
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