Trump’s game playing is wearing thin.
Courtesy of Politico:
House Democrats refused to participate in a Tuesday afternoon meeting with President Donald Trump, dashing the White House’s long-shot hopes of convincing moderates to circumvent their leaders and reach a grand bargain to reopen the government.
With the shutdown stretching into its 25th day, negotiations between Trump and top congressional Democrats have screeched to a halt. Both sides are refusing to shift their positions and communication between the two camps has been at a standstill since the president stormed out of a meeting last week.
“I’ll meet with him anytime he wants. But the last time I spoke to him was when he threw a temper tantrum and walked out, and we haven’t heard from him since then,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday afternoon.
The failed effort to court Democrats Tuesday is the latest setback for a president who is running out of options to reopen the government and realize his long-standing pledge to build the border wall.
Apparently, White House aides have been reaching out to Housse Democrats in an effort to do an end-run around Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer who have outmaneuvered Trump at every turn.
However, the Democrats have told him to fuck off.
“The question everybody can reasonably ask: Is he inviting people to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to really try to resolve this problem?” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), House Democratic Caucus chairman. “Or to create a photo-op to project a false sense of bipartisanship.”
Clearly, Trump does not realize who he is messing with here.