Transcript for Democratic senator defends pulling out of Trump meeting
Mr. President. We have a long to do list before the end of the year. And time is running short. We hope to make progress with the administration on these issues in a meeting this afternoon. Unfortunately this morning. Instead of leading. The president weeded a blatantly inaccurate statement and then concluded I don't see a deal. The president said I don't see a deal three hours before our meeting. Before he heard anything we had to say. Given that the president doesn't see a deal between Democrats in the White House. Leader Pelosi and I believe. The best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in congress instead. Rather than going to the White House for a show meaning. That won't result in an agreement. From a president who doesn't see a deal. We've asked leader McConnell and speaker Ryan to meet with us this afternoon. We don't have any time to waste addressing the issues that confront us. So we're going to negotiate with Republican leaders who may actually be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement. If the president who already earlier this year said quote our country needs a good shot down. If the president is an interest in addressing the difficult year agenda. And wants to make the government shut down. Will work with those Republicans who are interest in funding the government as we did in April. We have so many things to do. We have to fund the government we have doppler we have the Children's Health Insurance Program. We must reinstate court hearing for health premiums and out of pocket costs we have to deal with disasters. We have to fund our defense and our non defense side to the government in a reasonable way. There's so much to do. Were eager to get that done in a bipartisan way. Obviously the president isn't but hopefully. Leader McConnell and speaker Ryan. When the president wasn't involved. We gotta talk.
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