Trump's Invite to Only Some Democrats Backfires on Him

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has seen a marked recovery despite concerns over the government shutdown

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has seen a marked recovery despite concerns over the government shutdown

"There is definitely a sense that there is a deadline approaching, which would be next Tuesday, to make sure that we're able to solve this problem", said Mercedes Schlapp, a White House spokeswoman.

Trump hosted the winners of the national college football championship, the Clemson Tigers, with a fast food feast consisting of burger, fries and pizzas.

The White House has been considering reaching out to rank-and-file Democrats rather than dealing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to try and chip away at Democratic opposition.

Still, the sight of the fast-food cartons inside the stately White House dining room struck some observers on social media as incongruous - or lacking in hospitality for a celebration. "Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. Great team, an unbelievable team.

"So I had a choice", Trump told the gathered players of catering the meal during the government shutdown. The White House didn't provide the cost.

Trump ended up lunching with a handful of lesser-known House Republicans. At their famed Crawford ranch, they served Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi hamburgers made of "Texas beef". I think you looked at that afterwards and thought, Oh man, that's supposed to have two d's in it! "Or do I send out for about 1,000 hamburgers?" A favorite being when the New York Giants visited the Reagan White House and Harry Carson dumped a bucket of popcorn on the commander and chief.

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"They could stand with common sense, with border experts, with federal workers, and with their own past voting records by the way, or they could continue to remain passive spectators complaining from the sidelines as the speaker refuses to negotiate with the White House", McConnell said.

President Trump has been known as the "blue-collar billionaire", who has a knack of reading and understanding people.

It's a pairing we've seen a lot of before - Trump and fast food - and much has been written about the president's diet which according to his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, consists largely of fast food and diet coke.

Flashback: Trump told reporters before the meal about his intentions to serve fast food items. This could become another White House tradition and from a historical standpoint.

In comments to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi suggested that if Trump would not agree to reschedule the speech until the government re-opens, he could deliver it from the Oval Office instead, a setting that would lack the grandeur of the congressional address.

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