White House abruptly cancels Trump meeting with GOP leaders

A White House meeting on Tuesday between President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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 McCarthyTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance House to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance What you need to know about the new COVID-19 surge 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 PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (D-Calif.) condemned Trump’s tweets as “racist,” Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor 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 KushnerKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records 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: 'It never occurred to me' convincing Americans to get vaccinated would be difficult The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (Ky.), Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate votes to take up infrastructure deal Senators say they have deal on 'major issues' in infrastructure talks Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill MORE (S.D.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate votes to take up infrastructure deal Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Eight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division 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.