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 TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away 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 PelosiCapitol riot defendants have started a jail newsletter: report On The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure 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 McConnellAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done After police rip Trump for Jan. 6, McCarthy again blames Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE, Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece 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.