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President Donald Trump got into a contentious exchange with ABC News reporter Jon Karl on Wednesday over whether or not the president should sign bills re-opening some government agencies.
Trump accused Karl of engaging in “one-sided reporting” after the reporter suggested the president should re-open some of the government in order to help out government workers who aren’t currently getting paid for their work.
“Do you think I should do that?” Trump asked Karl. “No, do you think I should do that, Jon? I watch your one-sided reporting — do you think I should do that?”
Karl attempted to escape the corner Trump backed him into, but the president wouldn’t let up.
“I’m saying that if you sign that, these workers can start getting paid,” Karl argued.
“So you would do it if you were in my position?”
“I’m not in your position,” Karl muttered.
“If you would do that, you should never be in this position because you would never get anything done — goodbye everyone,” Trump said, silencing Karl and ending the pool spray with reporters.
Reporter in Oval Office asks President Trump why he won't sign bills to get federal workers paid during the shutdown
Trump: "Would you do that if you were in my position? Because if you would do that, you should never be in this position, because you'd never get anything done" pic.twitter.com/vKaUesslUm
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 9, 2019
Trump is meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday in an attempt to negotiate an end to the partial government shutdown, which is now in its third week.