Trump rips Pelosi and Schumer after meeting: 'Total waste of time'
“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?” he continued. “Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
Schumer told reporters that Trump “didn’t get his way and he just walked out of the meeting.”
“It’s cold out here and the temperature was not much warmer in the Situation Room,” Pelosi told reporters outside the White House.
Vice President Pence confirmed Trump’s account of the meeting to reporters, saying the president “said goodbye” after Pelosi spurned his request for a border wall.
“The president made clear he is going to stand firm to achieve his priorities,” Pence said while standing alongside GOP leaders.
Republicans and members of the administration emerging from the White House attempted to pin blame on Democrats for refusing Trump’s continued demand for border wall money.
“We heard once again that Democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate,” Pence said, adding that the meeting was “very short.”
The president met with congressional leaders at the White House to discuss border security following his address in prime-time the previous night to make his case for the money.
Trump said in those remarks from the Oval Office that the partial shutdown “could be resolved in a 45 minute meeting,” but the two sides appeared even more deeply entrenched following Wednesday’s talks.
Trump’s demand for billions of dollars in funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has been a sticking point in negotiations to reopen large swaths of the federal government.
The president has demanded $ 5.7 billion for the wall, while Democrats have offered money only for other border security measures. The House passed a bill last week to reopen to the government that didn’t include money to fund Trump’s wall.
Trump indicated Wednesday that he may declare a national emergency to direct construction of the wall. Democrats have questioned whether Trump has the legal standing to make such a move.
Pence said Wednesday afternoon that declaring a national emergency is still on the table but said it’s the president’s “strong belief” that “Congress should just do its job.”
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