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 TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' 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 PelosiHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC Five things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off 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 McConnellLessons from the 1999 U.S. military intervention in Kosovo Five things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off Romney helps GOP look for new path on climate change MORE, Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down 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.