Trump Walks Out Of Meeting With Pelosi, Schumer On Government Shutdown


President Donald Trump made a televised plea for border wall funding Tuesday night, seeking an edge in the shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., added, "I just think this is a situation where (Trump) is holding the American people hostage to a vanity wall fantasy".

"We saw a temper tantrum", Schumer said.

The glowering rebuttal by the pair sparked jokes and memes across social media.

Trump was almost halfway through his 9-minute address before he mentioned the wall, describing it as a request from law enforcement rather than his longstanding political pledge.

"Unfortunately, the president just got up and walked out", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., after Pelosi said the Democrats are unwilling to agree to wall funding.

Pelosi said after the meeting that the president was "petulant".

The White House moved to pre-empt the Democrats, telling reporters Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats remain at an impasse, and now some Senate Republicans are breaking ranks and saying the president should reopen the government while discussions over border security continue. "They voted for border security".

But on Tuesday, all major networks agreed to air Trump's remarks live.

"At the end of the day, the president's beloved border wall is the issue exclusively responsible for this irresponsible shutdown, and it is an absolute disgrace and a disservice to all Americans to allow this broken campaign promise to hold all of the key funding bills hostage", said Rep. Mike Quigley, Illinois Democrat.

She says: "The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government".

The White House was trying to shore up GOP support even before Trump spoke. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall. "They can't watch every inch of the border, so that would help them take more control of the whole situation".

"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it", Trump said to news anchors on Tuesday, according to the Times.

She blamed Trump's "obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for!"

In another tweet, he reiterated the call to "fix" the southern border.

Trump also suggested that other people, including rich liberals, build walls "not because they hate the people outside but because they love the people inside".

The president argued the wall was needed to resolve a "humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border", as he portrayed immigrants as violent criminals.

"The Republicans are totally unified", Trump told reporters after that meeting.