A White House meeting on Tuesday between President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: ‘Good’ As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE and Republican congressional leaders was abruptly scrapped due to a dispute on the House floor over a resolution condemning the president’s attacks on a group of Democratic congresswomen.
The meeting has been postponed, according to a White House official, who did not specify a new date or time.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Democrats erupt over Trump attacks Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump ‘go back’ tweet didn’t violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon ‘Prime Day’ | Mnuchin voices ‘serious concerns’ about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan’s take on Trump Hillicon Valley: Trump rails against ‘terrible bias’ at White House social media summit | Twitter hit by hour-long outage | Google admits workers listen to smart device recordings MORE (R-La.) were still on the floor at 4 p.m., the meeting’s scheduled start time, as business ground to a halt amid a contentious partisan fight over the resolution.
The president set off a firestorm on Sunday when he tweeted that the group of minority, progressive lawmakers, all of whom are U.S. citizens, should “go back” to their home countries.
After Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don’t have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) condemned Trump’s tweets as “racist,” Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsTech executives to take hot seat at antitrust hearing Mueller to give extended testimony after appearance postponed House passes bill to reauthorize funding for 9/11 victims MORE (R-Ga.) in an extraordinary rebuke formally requested that her words be stricken from the record.
A White House official said earlier Tuesday that Trump and GOP lawmakers had planned to discuss “immigration priorities.”
The conversation was expected to center on a sweeping proposal drafted by White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill’s Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Judiciary issues blitz of subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions, Trump associates House Judiciary to vote to authorize subpoenas for Trump officials, immigration documents MORE on closing so-called “loopholes” in asylum laws and overhauling the legal immigration system.
The sudden postponement caused confusion among Republican senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by JUUL Labs – House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump’s race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, ‘you can keep it’ | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE (Ky.), Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries High anxiety hits Senate over raising debt ceiling MORE (S.D.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP put on the back foot by Trump’s race storm GOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (Texas) had already left to go to the White House, only to return several minutes later saying they had been told the meeting was called off.
“It was a quick meeting,” Thune quipped, as he returned to the Capitol along with Cornyn.
Cornyn said they didn’t immediately have a sense of when or if the meeting would be rescheduled.
“The meeting [was] cancelled,” he said. “We don’t know why.”
—Updated at 4:53 p.m.