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 TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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 PelosiHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Trump says he's considering executive action to suspend evictions, payroll tax Trump won't say if he disagrees with Birx that virus is widespread 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 McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations MORE, Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request The Memo: Trump's grip on GOP loosens as polls sink 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.