The Latest: Pelosi slams Trump for 'verbal abuse' on Twitter

Markets Associated Press

The Latest on President Trump's discussions with lawmakers on taxes and the budget (all times local):

Continue Reading Below

5 p.m.

The top House Democrat is lashing out at President Donald Trump for his "verbal abuse" in a Twitter attack.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump on his favorite social media platform, Twitter, late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the president had criticized Congress' top Democrats.

They responded by backing out of a planned White House meeting. Congress' top Republicans attended the session in which two empty chairs were reserved for Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer.

Pelosi tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated. His empty chair photo opp showed he's more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people. Poor Ryan and McConnell relegated to props. Sad!"

Continue Reading Below

"Sad" is a Trump favorite quip.

___

4:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he "would absolutely blame the Democrats" if there is a government shutdown next week.

Trump says as he meets with top Republican leaders that "If it happens, it's going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall, which everyone wants."

The Republican president had been scheduled to meet Tuesday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the House's top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, to discuss averting a potential end-of-year shutdown.

But Schumer and Pelosi canceled after a dismissive Trump tweet.

Republicans control both the House and Senate, as well as the White House.

A temporary spending bill expires Dec. 8 and another is needed to prevent a government shutdown.

___

4:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump says Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi have been "all talk" and "no action."

Congress' top Democratic leaders abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with Trump and Republican leaders at the White House on Tuesday after Trump attacked them on Twitter.

Trump said as he meets with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Schumer and Pelosi are weak on crime and combating illegal immigration and want to increase taxes.

Ryan says it's "regrettable" the Democratic leaders didn't show up. McConnell says he can't recall turning down an opportunity to visit White House.

Of course, former President Barack Obama never railed against McConnell on Twitter like Trump did earlier Tuesday.

___

4 p.m.

President Donald Trump is predicting passage of the Senate tax plan as he accuses Democratic leaders of being "all talk" and "no action."

The Republican president told reporters Tuesday that they were in a "very good position" after the Senate Budget Committee's passage of the GOP tax plan.

Trump was joined by top Republican leaders from Congress at the White House. Democrats backed out of a planned meeting after Trump attacked them on Twitter.

Trump also went to the Capitol on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans to rally support for a sweeping tax bill. With no major legislative achievement, Trump is pushing hard for the GOP to deliver a tax cut bill to him by the end of the year.

___

2:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump plans to deliver remarks from the White House shortly.

The White House says Trump will speak from the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing on Tuesday afternoon.

Trump's comments will come hours after North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile.

They also follow his meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill and come as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are set to visit the White House for a meeting on the year-end legislative agenda.

Democratic leaders had been invited to attend but pulled out earlier Tuesday following a tweeted insult by the president.

___

2:35 p.m.

The top Republican in the Senate says the GOP is still trying to round up the votes for the tax bill, calling the process a "challenging exercise."

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday, "I'm sitting here with a Rubik's cube trying to get to 50" votes. He made the comments after President Donald Trump met with Senate Republicans at their weekly luncheon.

McConnell also complained about the top Democrats who have backed out of a White House meeting after Trump attacked them on Twitter. McConnell said he struck him as a "lack of seriousness."

McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan were heading to the White House to meet with Trump and discuss averting a government shutdown next week and dealing with several other end-of-year issues.

__

2:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump has left the Capitol after meeting with Senate Republicans to rally support for a sweeping tax bill.

Applause could be heard from the closed-door session on Tuesday as the meeting wrapped up. With no major legislative achievement, Trump is pushing hard for the GOP to deliver a tax cut bill to him by the end of the year.

Republicans face divisions within their ranks over the tax bill, with some GOP lawmakers fearful of adding to the nation's $20 trillion debt and others worrying about the impact on small businesses.

Trump was scheduled to meet later at the White House with top Republican leaders from Congress. Democrats backed out of the session after Trump's attack on Twitter.

___

12:40 p.m.

The White House says it is "disappointing" that congressional Democratic leaders are pulling out of a meeting with President Donald Trump following his Twitter attack on them.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump's invitation for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to join Republican leaders at the White House on Tuesday still stands.

Sanders says the president "encourages them to put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work."

Trump's meeting with Republican leaders will go on as scheduled, as they discuss critical year end issues like funding the government, immigration policy, and tax reform.

Says Sanders: "If the Democrats believe the American people deserve action on these critical year-end issues as we do, they should attend."

___

12:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived on Capitol Hill for a meeting with Senate Republicans to promote his tax plan.

Trump's address to a Senate GOP luncheon comes shortly after Democratic leaders pulled out of a planned meeting later in the day with Trump at the White House.

Trump had been expected to discuss upcoming congressional deadlines to fund the government with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

But the president tweeted earlier in the day that he didn't "see a deal" with the Democratic leaders. Schumer and Pelosi said they wouldn't attend the meeting so as to not waste time.

Trump is searching for a win in Congress on his tax bill, which is expected to face a Senate vote later this week.

___

12:35 p.m.

The top Republicans in Congress say they're heading to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump even though top Democrats have backed out of the meeting.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a joint statement that Democrats are "putting government operations, particularly resources for our men and women on the battlefield, at great risk by pulling these antics."

Ryan and McConnell said that if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will attend the White House meeting.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pulled out of the meeting hours after Trump attacked them on Twitter, accusing them of being soft on crime and declaring "I don't see a deal!" Schumer and Pelosi said they didn't want to waste time.

___

11:30 a.m.

Top Democratic leaders in Congress have abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday that "I don't see a deal!" with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

Schumer and Pelosi are shooting back with a statement asking for talks with top GOP leaders in Congress.

They said, "given that the president doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead."

Congress faces a Dec. 8 deadline to pass stopgap legislation to keep the government open.

They added, "we don't have any time to waste."

___

9:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is casting doubt on whether he and congressional leaders can agree to keep the government funded.

Trump is meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday to discuss budget and immigration issues.

But, in a tweet, Trump cast doubt on whether they can agree to fund the government beyond a Dec. 8 deadline.

Says Trump: "I don't see a deal!"

Trump says Democrats "want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes."

Trump also portrays the meeting as being with Democrats "Chuck and Nancy." Those are Trump's nicknames for Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Republican leaders — House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — are also attending the meeting.

___

3:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is heading to Capitol Hill to rally Senate Republicans on taxes. Then he'll pivot to negotiations with Democrats pressing for victories of their own in a separate, high-stakes showdown over the budget and immigration.

After 10 months in office, Trump is still seeking his first marquee win in Congress, but the White House and GOP leaders have work to do to get their tax bill in shape for a vote later this week. Party deficit hawks pressed for a "backstop" mechanism to limit the risk of a spiral in the deficit.

On a separate track is a multi-layered negotiation over a huge Pentagon budget increase sought by Trump and Republicans and increases for domestic programs demanded by Democrats.