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The White House Meeting that Didn’t Happen

January 15, 2019 by TWN Staff
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions after signing H.R. 390, the "Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018" in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

It was late on Monday when several members of the House Democratic Caucus received an email from the White House extending an invitation to a Tuesday afternoon lunch on behalf of President Trump. No topic. No details. Just come by and have lunch. It was no surprise that several of the Democrats who the President invited came from traditionally red districts.

The Democrats did not take the political bait.

Several felt that the President couldn’t possibly be serious, that he couldn’t think they would be willing to go to the White House and have a conversation that was political theater at best. Nevertheless he tried, perhaps hoping to split the Democratic Caucus, but to no avail.

The result? A lunch meeting with several members of the House Republican Conference, arguably the least powerful group on Capitol Hill. So there it is. The bipartisan White House meeting that never was.

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