Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are “skipping a state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao in what may be perceived by China as a snub,” The Hill reports.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) all said "thanks, but no thanks" to White House invitations for the dinner.
Reid and Boehner are expected to meet with Hu during a separate meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill.
An aide to Reid “said the majority leader is flying back from Nevada to Washington on Wednesday so he can meet with Hu on Thursday.”
An aide to McConnell “said the GOP leader could not make the dinner because he has a series of events in Kentucky.”
The dinner is tonight.