On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall, a short meeting that included Trump, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi ended in acrimony with no sign of a resolution.
Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, accused Trump of governing "by temper tantrum" and using government workers "for leverage". He said Schumer and Pelosi's support for border security but not a wall was "juvenile. very disingenuous".
"She said no. And he just got up and said: 'Then we have nothing to discuss, ' and he just walked out".
Tuesday's prime time speech follows several other on-camera pitches for a border wall in the last week, including a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room and a 90-minute Cabinet meeting that the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler called a "fact-checking nightmare".
The lack of progress in negotiations raises the prospect that Trump will declare a national emergency, a move that would bypass Congress and enable him to obtain funds from the Defense Department to build the wall. Let's talk strictly about border security in the long run, not just a short-term fix.
The ripple effects are endless: Amidst all the talk about protecting USA borders, a large number of TSA agents are calling in sick due to working without pay, increasing safety risks in airports nationwide. Fifty-one per cent of adults surveyed between Jan 1 and Monday said Mr Trump "deserves most of the blame" for the shutdown, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Exiting the White House, Democratic leaders did not dispute the substance of Trump's retelling of events.
The fact is: President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation - many of them veterans.
"I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done". Problems can only be fixed when they are identified, but US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's latest release of reports on deaths in 2018 provide significantly less information than prior death investigation reports. But Trump has demanded more than $5 billion for a barrier, which he now says could be steel slats rather than the solid concrete.
"This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border", he added.
Trump also argued for his wall by saying that immigrants carry illegal drugs across the border, but Smith pointed out that a wall wouldn't make much difference there. "But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration".
"We continue to hear the idea, and I know there are going to be votes tomorrow, that the House will take up bills to open portions of the government", Vice President Mike Pence, the president's lead negotiator with Democrats, told reporters.