Sen. John Barrasso chided Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for not showing up to a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders with President Trump earlier this week, calling them “incredibly childish.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blew off the meeting after Trump tweeted he didn’t expect to reach a deal with them on keeping the government open. Pelosi and Schumer want legislation aimed at keeping illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, known as Dreamers, included in a bill to fund the government by the end of the year.
Barrasso said on “Fox News Sunday” Pelosi and Schumer should have gone to the meeting.
“We need to keep the government open. To me, that's what a mature, responsible governing group does. You're right, it does require bipartisan participation,” he said. “I thought it was incredibly childish for Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to not go to that White House meeting that they were scheduled to go to with President Trump.
“I thought it was irresponsible on their part because we need to work together to keep the government open. I would like to move that date into either January or February. We need to fund the government and do it confidently.”
The Democratic leaders have raised the prospect of a government shutdown as funding is set to expire on Dec. 8. Schumer said Trump’s tweet showed he’s not negotiating in good faith and called on the president to “stop tweeting and start leading.”