Friday, 15 December, 2017

Trump says USA will 'take care of' North Korean launch

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"Sad!" she added, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump said he would "absolutely blame the Democrats" if a government shutdown takes place. "It is a situation that we will handle".

His comments came as North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from Sain-ni at around 3am local time - the first missile launch since mid-September.

Reports suggest the latest missile travelled 620 miles and reached a height of about 2,800 miles before landing off the coast of Japan.

The intercontinental ballistic missile flew about 54 minutes along a high-arcing path and reached a maximum altitude almost 2,800 miles-10 times higher than the International Space Station satellite that orbits the Earth, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. And math alone says that could lead to a shutdown, since Republicans don't have enough votes to pass a spending bill on their own. "We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation".

The acrimonious back-and-forth between Mr. Trump and the Democratic leaders began, as has become customary, with a presidential tweet.

Trump was scheduled to meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, but they canceled their meeting with the president after he tweeted that he didn't "see a deal" coming together as a result of the meeting with Democrats.

He sat between two chairs left empty for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democrats who skipped the meeting.

Trump said Tuesday that he will "take care" of North Korea after its missile test, but gave no other details.

That time, Republicans controlled just the House while Democrats held the Senate and the White House, and voters blamed them for trying to dictate the outcome of the spending fight.

"Meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" today about keeping government open and working", Trump wrote. "If that happens, it's going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall which everybody wants".

After Trump tweeted he didn't see a possible deal with Democrats, Democratic leaders backed out of a meeting with the president. Mr Trump appeared before the media in the Roosevelt Room alongside two empty chairs that were supposed to have been filled by the two top Congressional senators. Ryan called it "regrettable" that the Democrats couldn't attend; McConnell said he couldn't recall "ever turning down" a meeting with the White House.

Meanwhile, efforts to progress the Republican tax reform plan advanced on Tuesday, as the senate budget committee voted in favour of the Bill, paving the way for a full vote on the Senate floor as early as Thursday.

Democrats complained they were disappointed by the president's statement on Twitter suggesting that it would be hard to reach a deal with Democrats, prompting them to cancel the meeting.

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