- Post 23 October 2013
- By The Huffington Post
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) alleged this weekend that a top House Republican leader told President Barack Obama, "I cannot even stand to look at you" during negotiations over the government shutdown.
Durbin made the charge in a Facebook post Sunday.
"Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn't try hard enough to communicate with Republicans," he wrote. "What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?"
Durbin did not offer any additional details as to who made the remark or when the meeting occurred, and a spokesman declined further comment. Representatives for House Republican leaders did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
It remains unclear to what Durbin was referring. During the shutdown, Obama met with congressional leaders from both parties, a delegation of House Republicans, House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, all in separate meetings.