White House abruptly cancels Trump meeting with GOP leaders

A White House meeting on Tuesday between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 McCarthyCalifornia sues Trump administration over fracking Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night 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.

After Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE (D-Calif.) condemned Trump’s tweets as “racist,” Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe five dumbest things said about impeachment so far Pelosi accepts Collins's apology for saying Democrats are 'in love with terrorists' Trump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial 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 KushnerDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Jared Kushner's sister-in-law Karlie Kloss says she will vote against Trump in 2020 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens 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 McConnellHawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Democrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner MORE (Ky.), Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate to vote on Trump's Canada, Mexico trade deal Thursday Senate braces for Trump impeachment trial Republicans face internal brawl over impeachment witnesses MORE (S.D.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' 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.