WASHINGTON (NBC News) — President Trump visited Capitol Hill Tuesday to rally Senate Republicans on tax reform.
The president is hoping to sway six GOP Senators who have expressed reservations about the bill.
“Think of sitting there with a Rubik’s Cube, trying to get to 50, and we do have a few members who have concerns and we’re trying to address them,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the meeting.
Making the GOP sell harder, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts Americans making less than $75,000 a year will fare worse under this plan, while wealthy Americans will benefit.
The president, seated between two empty chairs reserved for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, criticized the Democratic leaders for not showing up for a tax reform meeting.
Democratic Senators Schumer and Pelosi were set to meet with President Trump and Republican leaders at the White House today, but quickly pulled out after the president tweeted:
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!
Schumer said he and Pelosi asked Mitch McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet with them, “rather than going to White House for a show meeting, that won’t result in an agreement from a president who doesn’t see a deal.”
President Trump later scolded the missing leaders and said he would blDemocratsrats if the government were to shut down.
The deadline to avoid a shutdown is next Friday. There are 11 legislative days before the end of the year.