Donald Trump has called a press conference surrounded by empty chairs. The bizarre display was an attempt to aim his ire at the leadership of the Democrats for missing a legislative strategy session at the White House.
Trump expressed a lack of surprise that Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the Minority leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives failed to turn up for the session. He stated that he was “not surprised” at their act and accused them of being “all talk” and “no action.”
He conveniently left out the part where he tweeted in advance of the scheduled meeting the fact that it was pointless for anyone to attend.
Trump went on to say “Now it’s even worse. Now it’s not even talk. Now they’re not even showing up for the meeting.” The moron president used the empty seats to show the missing members of the session. He was accompanied by House Speaker Paul Ryan who sat at the opposite end of the table. Ryan suggested that it was “very regrettable” that Schumer & Pelosi decided to not attend the meeting.
Trump also spoke of his optimistic outlook on tax reforms and hoped that the Senate would pass them. He said, “I think we’re in a very good position in terms of the meeting we just had with Republican senators. I think we have tremendous support – unanimous vote on the tax bill – I think we’re going to get it passed.” The controversial reforms are part of the Trump legacy and have very mixed reviews from the general public.
Trump’s response to the no-show is at best infantile. Prone to cheap sensationalism, the pictures were aimed to provoke a response from the Democrats, which thus far has not materialized. Many Democrats avoid dealing with Trump at all costs and this is an extension of that. Many feel that the tax reforms do not benefit the majority and feel uncomfortable supporting them.
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