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President Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday afternoon over the partial government shutdown after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi again rejected supporting new funding for a border wall, according to those in the meeting.

Speaking to reporters after the brief session, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the “president just got up and walked out.”

“He asked Speaker Pelosi, ‘will you agree to my wall?’ She said no. And he just got up, and said, ‘Well we’ve got nothing to discuss,'” Schumer said.

The president, in a tweet, called the meeting “a total waste of time” and appeared to confirm that he left after Pelosi’s answer.

“I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” Trump tweeted.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said after the meeting that the president was “petulant.” Schumer said Trump slammed his hand on a table in frustration, but Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans, speaking to reporters afterward, denied that happened.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the president was willing to make a deal in the meeting.

“I just listened to Senator Schumer,” McCarthy, a California Republican, said. “I know he complained the time that you had cameras in the meeting. I think we need to bring them back. Because what he described the meeting to be is totally different than what took place.”

The meeting in the Situation Room on Wednesday afternoon came ahead of Trump’s planned trip to the Texas-Mexico border on Thursday. Earlier, the president traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Republicans, saying afterward, “We have a very unified party.”

Still, a growing number of moderate Republicans – like Susan Collins of Maine and Cory Gardner of Colorado — have appeared uncomfortable with the toll the partial shutdown is taking.

Trump has said he might declare a national emergency and try to authorize the wall on his own if Congress won’t approve the $5.7 billion he’s asking.

“I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t I might go that route,” he said.

Past meetings with Democrats have resulted in both sides digging in, with Trump insisting on nearly $6 billion for a border wall and Democrats saying they won’t entertain the discussion until Congress passes and Trump signs a package re-opening shuttered federal agencies.

The president’s prime-time address on Tuesday night saw both camps drifting even further apart, with Trump declaring a “humanitarian and security crisis” and vowing to protect America, “so help me God” – and Democratic congressional leaders saying Trump was working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”

How the two sides will bridge this difference – and how long they will resist a compromise – has been unclear. The mounting impact of the partial shutdown, including federal workers’ paychecks and national parks services, is likely to increase pressure on Congress and the White House to forge a deal in the coming days.

Trump told congressional leaders the standoff could last months, even years, as he demanded Washington take action to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drugs and criminals crossing the border.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Mary Johnson

    January 10, 2019 at 2:20 am

    President Trump is upholding his oath of office. Why are not the Democrats on the hill upholding their oath of office? The Democrats need to grow up and start doing their job which is to represent the American people not illegals. If they can not do their job no pay and impeach them.

  2. Bill Urdanick

    January 10, 2019 at 2:22 am

    good man!!

  3. Carol

    January 10, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Yes, well said

  4. Jean

    January 10, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Chuck and Nancy are pathological liars and are playing political games with American lives. Shame on you Chuck and Nancy. You own this shutdown of the Government.

  5. Randy Sieg

    January 10, 2019 at 3:29 am

    So Pelosi & Schumer are the defenders of murderous gangs, drug lords & illegals… maybe the money trail of their supporters should be examined?… If they are so humane and they believe what they say, then by all means let some of the illegals & gang members move into their homes & live with their families… see how long that lasts… Hey guys what about the spark of life in an unborn child is not that more important than murderers??? But then you both support killing innocent unborn children… SHAMEFUL… someday you will have to answer to God face to face…It is written: Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter”

  6. Jake

    January 10, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Isn’t it funny how these two turds didn’t say much when the idiot Obama said that he didn’t need Congress because he had “a pen and a phone” to draw up executive orders? Where were they then? Hiding. With their noses up in the air.

  7. Richard R. Pope

    January 10, 2019 at 3:46 am

    . . . . The are communists. Their end game is to subjugate the American people and to install a dictatorship. Little Miss hitlery was their chosen one and we know how that turned out even with 3 to 10 million illegal votes place by illegals, criminals, dead people, and multiple votes.
    . . . . Now they are trying to overthrow the duly elected President of our country. That is High Treason. High Treason during Wartime is a Capital Offense. These two along with the other 30+ million communists aka democrats should spend the rest of their miserable lives in GITMO.
    . . . . I am a retired Auto Technician that is living on Social Security Disability. I also served in the AF but my disability is not service connected. I am trying to raise the money for me to be able to move back to Texas. I was born there. I am concerned that I may not be able to survive another Wisconsin winter. Here is the link to my GoFundMe page. Please help me out?
    https://www.gofundme.com/zmgccs-living-in-peace
    America: Love it or Leave it!
    GOD Bless and GOD Help us,
    rich!

  8. Guido

    January 10, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Any Republican that breaks with the president should be run out of office.

  9. Joe

    January 10, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Schumer and Pelosi two cunts in a pod. Thank you sam b. For allowing me to use the true words about nancy and chuckie

  10. Elliott

    January 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    This is on the dumbocrats this shut down. Its going to bite them in the ass. If i was Trump i would veto every bill they sent to him to sign

  11. PT

    January 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Just hired a furloughed government employee as a house cleaner. She will be paid with cash. She advertised for work. Good for her. She wants to go back to her gov. job but is in agreement with the border security issue and POTUS. If you’re furloughed get a menial job and draw unemployment, at least you won’t starve while the Democrats play politics with your life.

  12. RIC CARTER

    January 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Furloughed workers are non-essential workers. That should tell you something right there.

    In this area, nearly every business is begging for workers. These people need to get off their ass, get a real job,and find out how the private sector lives.

    • Samuel Pablo Broseker

      January 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Non essential to you. However, just because you think they are not needed does not mean they should not get payed. Their paycheck is important because they need to pay their bills and support their families. Also, just because the job market is good where you are does not make it good here. Think about how it effects others before you open your mouth.

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