Trump Leaves Empty Seats For Schumer, Pelosi At Meeting To Avoid Government Shutdown, Slams Them For Inaction

by BEN SHAPIRO November 29, 2017

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On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted out that he didn't see solid prospects for a successful negotiation with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to avert a government shutdown.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don't see a deal!

Pelosi and Schumer cancelled their scheduled meeting with Trump and Republican leadership. Schumer then claimed that Trump had scuttled progress.

"The staffs were making great progress until the president stepped in," said Schumer. "We were very close on a number of issues."

So Trump immediately held a press conference at which he decried Pelosi's and Schumer's unwillingness to negotiate. He left chairs for Pelosi and Schumer empty:

Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 @RealSaavedra

Trump trolls Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi by showing their empty seats at the meeting they were supposed to attend.

He stated, "They've been all talk, but they've been no action."

Pelosi responded thusly:

Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi

.@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!

Pelosi, of course, knows a fair bit about posturing and photo ops. But she was outplayed here. She now looks like an obstructionist, and so does Schumer.

Trump should play this string out all the way to the end: he should force Democrats to greenlight funding for the border wall, alongside funding to prevent a government shutdown.

The Republican Party has always run from government shutdown fights in the mistaken belief that they couldn't win a PR war without the presidency; now they have the presidency, and Democrats should be forced to come to the table and make concessions.

Benjamin Shapiro is the editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire. He was born in 1984. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007. Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S.  His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including Townhall, ABCNews, WorldNet Daily, Human Events, FrontPage Mag, Family Security Matters, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Conservative Chronicle. The author of the national bestsellers, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth (WND Books, May 2004), Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (Regnery, June 2005), and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House (Thomas Nelson, 2008),

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