>> The top two Democrats in Congress on Tuesday canceled a planned meeting with President Donald Trump after he said he didn't think he could reach a budget deal with them aimed at avoiding a government shutdown. The abrupt move by the Democrats, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, came in response to an early morning tweet from Trump.
In which he said, quote, Chuck and Nancy wanted illegal immigrants flooding into our country unchecked, and to substantially raise taxes. Trump adding, I don't see a deal. Schumer and Pelosi dismissed the taunts in a statement saying, quote, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead.
>> So they decided not to show up. They've been all talk, and they've been no action, and now it's even worse. Now it's not even talk. So they're not showing up for the meeting.>> Trump and the top Democrats have been in intermittent talks on preserving a program protecting young immigrants known as DREAMers from deportation.
A potential deal on the issue would win Democratic votes to fund the government past a December 8th deadline to avoid a federal shutdown. Word of the cancelled meeting came as Trump headed to Capitol Hill trying to put out another fire, as several of his own Senate Republicans have declined to embrace his $1.5 trillion tax cut plan, which the GOP hoped to pass by the end of the year.