Pelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care

Pelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care
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Democratic congressional leaders on Saturday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE for calling Democrats "obstructionists" on immigration reform and accused the president of attempting to "change the subject" away from a national conversation on health care.

In a statement, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmaker: 'There's plenty of competent females' that can be Speaker instead of Pelosi Marcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Republicans of "making a mess" of the U.S. health-care system.

The statement comes as the Trump administration is currently arguing in court that ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections should be struck down.

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"The president is desperate to change the subject from health care to immigration because he knows that health care is the number one issue Americans care about," Pelosi and Schumer said in the joint statement. "Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board Senior GOP senator warns Trump against partial shutdown MORE, Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters Amazon fleeced New York, Virginia with HQ2 picks The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker MORE, and Republicans in Washington are making a mess of our health care system, causing premiums to increase and care to decrease."

"Democrats are focused like a laser on health care and will not be diverted," they added, seemingly rejecting Trump's request for negotiations and a deal to reform America's immigration system.

The statement came hours after a tweet from the president accusing Democrats of causing "needless pain and suffering" by not coming to the table and striking a deal to fund Trump's desire for increased border security.

"Look at the horrors taking place on the Border. Chuck & Nancy, call me!" the president tweeted Saturday morning.

The tweets come amid efforts by the Trump administration to pressure Mexican authorities into turning back a Honduran migrant caravan headed for the U.S., which is stopped along Mexico's border with Guatemala.