1 big thing: Drama on Pennsylvania Ave.
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi cancelled a bipartisan meeting to prevent a government shutdown with President Trump today after he tweeted that he didn't "see a deal!" The meeting went ahead, with empty chairs next to Trump meant for the Democratic leaders.
- "Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won't result in an agreement, we've asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon."
- "If the President, who already said earlier this year that 'our country needs a good shutdown,' isn't interested in addressing the difficult year end agenda, we'll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April."
The Republican response:
- Paul Ryan: "We have important work to do. There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement on these issues, they will be there."
- Mitch McConnell: "I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called ... it never occurred to me to just not show up."
- Bonus — McConnell on getting enough votes to pass tax reform: "It's a challenging exercise. Imagine sitting there with a Rubik's Cube trying to get to 50."
Trump weighs in:
- He doubled down in remarks to the press pool, calling Schumer and Pelosi "weak on crime" and "weak on immigration" and said he would "absolutely blame Democrats" if the government were to shut down.
- "They have been all talk and they have been no action. And now it's even worse. Now it's not even talk."