President Trump on Wednesday walked out of a White House meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, after the Democrats said they wouldn’t agree to a border wall.
“Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
The meeting was the latest attempt by Trump, Pelosi and Schumer to find some agreement to fund the government. The government has been partially shutdown for nearly three weeks because they can’t agree on funding the border wall that Trump wants to build on the southern U.S. border.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Trump’s departure “somewhat unbecoming of a presidency.” Trump had become furious, according to Schumer.
“He sort of slammed the table, and when Leader Pelosi said she didn’t agree with the wall, he just walked out and said, we have nothing to discuss,” Schumer said.
Republicans disputed Schumer’s characterization of Trump’s conduct. “I don’t recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand,” Vice President Pence told reporters later, saying Trump had walked into the session handing out candy.
About 800,000 federal workers will miss a paycheck on Friday if Trump and Democratic leaders do not resolve the funding bill fight centered on Trump’s desire for $5.7 billion for a Mexico border wall.
Without any deal in Congress, Trump has threatened to invoke his emergency powers to fund the wall.