White House abruptly cancels Trump meeting with GOP leaders

A White House meeting on Tuesday between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' 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 McCarthyOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseManchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Sanders: Trump doesn't 'want to see somebody get shot' but 'creates the climate for it' 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 progressive lawmakers, all of whom are women of color and U.S. citizens, should “go back” to their home countries.

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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 KushnerPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign MORE on closing so-called loopholes in asylum laws and overhauling the immigration system. 

The sudden postponement caused confusion among Republican senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Hickenlooper announces Senate bid Trump orders elimination of student loan debt for thousands of disabled veterans MORE (Ky.), Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSchumer blasts 'red flag' gun legislation as 'ineffective cop out' Lawmakers jump-start talks on privacy bill Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (S.D.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges 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] canceled,” he said. "We don't know why.”

Updated at 4:53 p.m.