Staffers Say McConnell Used To Hide Like A Sad Turtle To Avoid Working With Obama


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.’

Pelosi tweeted:

‘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.’

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 13: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) participate in a news conference November 13, 2017 at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC. Schumer and Pelosi held the news conference to discuss the Republican’s tax reform plan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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…’

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.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 28: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) approaches the podium for a news briefing after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the Capitol November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump traveled to Capitol Hill for the luncheon to discuss tax reform with Senate GOPs. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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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