March 26th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Top Republicans turn down White House invite

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sens. McConnell and Kyl did not attend a White House briefing."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Although the bipartisan congressional leadership was invited to the White House for an Afghanistan briefing today, the Senate's top two Republicans did not attend.

Aides to both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl said they had scheduling conflicts.

"He had a long schedule meeting with multiple senators here [on Capitol Hill] and we didn't get the invite to the White House until late yesterday afternoon," said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart, who also said the senator attended a separate briefing later in the afternoon at the Capitol.

"Sen. McConnell, in cooperation with Sen. Reid, asked the White House to schedule the meeting next week," said Stewart. "But late yesterday afternoon, we got a call saying it would be this afternoon. Since he was unable to make the time at the White House, he went to the briefing here at the Capitol."

Kyl spokesman Ryan Patrmintra said he too had previous planned meetings with Senators that he could not change to go to the White House, and said there was "no slight intended."

Patrimintra also said Kyl has received personal briefings on the mission, even as recently as yesterday.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Di

    Obama won the election. He made it clear that America GOP does not need to be heard or matter by shuting our state rep's out!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH STOP HURTING OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE!!

    March 26, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. John

    Top GOP senators not interested in military strategy.

    Top GOP senators more interested in grandstanding over trivia.

    Situation: NORMAL

    March 26, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Chipster

    Way to go! After all, it's much more important to make meaningless political decisions than to be briefed on the most current information about the war in Afghanistan – you remember Afghanistan – that place where Al Qaeda leaders, responsible for the 9/11 attacks, were allowed to escape justice.

    Childish pouting is definitely the way to go. Why bother to pretend to be interested in anything other than the next election cycle? Sure, it's the job taxpayers pay you to do but they usually have short memories.

    March 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Squigman

    I remember when it was said (by the Republicans), that to be agains't, or say anything agains't GWB, was to be considered treasonist. Well maybe a few of us out here look at you (GOP) representitives as being treasonist too. Ever think about that, you morons.

    March 26, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Gary

    When the President calls you answer! Stop playing these political games Repubs. Your posturing isn't going to win you any seats in 2012! I love being a democrat in times like these. The Republicans are simply making fools of themselves.

    March 26, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. A. Christian

    Republicans – the party of "NO"

    March 26, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. ROC

    The GOP busy? Doing what?

    All the GOP has done during this crisis is try to raise money for their party, say NO to every plan without giving their own solutions, and organize circus conferences nationwide to attack the Democrats.

    March 26, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. MacFab From Texas

    Why won't this our brothers and sisters, the Republican party members work with our president. Trying to bring the president down through destructive attacks renamed criticism is to bring this great nation down. They called the themselves conservatives, which also include people that fears the Lord, however, some of their attacks does sound like people that actually respect God.

    They (GOP) want investment in education, energy and health care to fail because it's liberal idea, what a shame. It breaks my heart seeing the kind of divisive tone being used by the GOP leaders.

    In the end the invited leader did not go for briefing at the white house probably for two two reasons: not to be persuded by white house to support the president or they were probaly ashamed to face the man they have been calling for his head because he (the president) is trying to lift this nation up. They have to remember that you do not have to agree with someone on everything before you support him or her.

    March 26, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. marylander

    i guess they didnt miss them!

    March 27, 2009 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  10. DonnieJ

    What a surprise – their answer to the invitation was "NO." This pitiful party has been reduced to nothing more than a monosyllabic grunt.

    March 27, 2009 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  11. Lady K

    Who needs bitter republicans visiting the White House anyway? Their tears of remorse might stain the furniture!

    March 27, 2009 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
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