Negotiations between Republican and Democratic congressional leaders and President Trump broke down when first daughter Ivanka Trump entered the Oval Office to say hello during the Wednesday meeting, according to a Democratic aide briefed on the meeting.
House and Senate Republican leaders asked for an 18-month increase in the nation's debt limit during an Oval Office meeting with their Democratic counterparts but were overruled by Trump, who sided with Democrats demanding a three-month hike.
During the meeting, Trump even refused a compromise six-month increase proposed by the GOP, according to a Democratic aide briefed on the meeting.
According to a Democratic aide, the conversation over spending ended when Ivanka Trump entered the room to say hello.
"The meeting careened off topic," the aide said. "Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka's presence."
A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rejected the idea that GOP lawmakers were annoyed by Ivanka Trump's presence.
"This is false," said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee strong.
Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, said Ivanka Trump was asked to join the meeting for a short visit on another matter.
"We asked Ivanka to briefly join the meeting for an update on the child care tax credit and how we are working to make tax reform a bi-partisan issue," he said. "It was a quick and productive conversation."
In a stunning defeat for the GOP, Democrats appeared to have wrestled the upper hand from the House and Senate majority in the battle to raise the debt limit.
"They did not want it," the Democratic aide said.
Democrats have demanded the short-term hike in the debt ceiling to ensure another vote soon and more leverage for their party on wish list items including immigration reform and Obamacare funding.
So far, the GOP has remained silent on the deal, which also extends government funding for three months.