Congressional Democrats on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s invitation to a lunch meeting at the White House to discuss border security, in the latest sign that both sides of the government shutdown standoff remain entrenched in their positions with no compromise in sight.
A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete,” she said. “Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government.
“It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.”
House Democrats just rejected an invitation from President Trump to come to the White House for a bipartisan discussion on border security solutions.
And they expect voters to believe they’re serious about negotiating to find a compromise? Americans aren’t buying it.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 15, 2019
WH @PressSec says no Democrats accepted Trump’s invitation to lunch at the White House.
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) January 15, 2019
White House says no Democrats accepted Trump’s invitation for lunch today. He’ll eat with nine House Republicans instead
— Sarah D. Wire (@sarahdwire) January 15, 2019
Latest on Dem meeting that wasn’t:
– Ds say invites went out at a late hour & contained little info about meeting agenda
– D ldrs & some rank-and-file see WH maneuver as inappropriate
– WH naming and shaming invited members who didn’t showhttps://t.co/kp4bhz1eCv
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) January 15, 2019
A group of rank-and-file House Democrats rejected President Trump’s invitation to lunch at the White House on Tuesday; he’ll discuss his proposed border wall and the ongoing government shutdown with GOP minority members. https://t.co/5CkoaKKjSb
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 15, 2019
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