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 TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ 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 PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions 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 McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE, Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments 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.