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Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats failing to lift the government shutdown

Thursday, January 10th 2019 - 08:48 UTC
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Trump said the meeting had been a complete loss of time and tweeted afterwards that he had said “bye-bye” to the top Democrats Trump said the meeting had been a complete loss of time and tweeted afterwards that he had said “bye-bye” to the top Democrats
Mrs Pelosi, who is speaker of the House of Representatives, said the legion of unpaid federal employees were “collateral damage” to Mr Trump Mrs Pelosi, who is speaker of the House of Representatives, said the legion of unpaid federal employees were “collateral damage” to Mr Trump
Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters the president had abruptly left when Mrs Pelosi said she would not approve any wall funding Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters the president had abruptly left when Mrs Pelosi said she would not approve any wall funding

President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a US government shutdown. The Republican president ended talks after Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his planned US-Mexico border wall.

Mr Trump called his meeting with the pair “a total waste of time”.

Some 800,000 federal workers will go without pay this week for the first time since the shutdown began. The president tweeted afterwards that he had said “bye-bye” to the top Democrats.

Outside the White House the blame game was in full flow from both sides after Wednesday's meeting in the Situation Room, a conference centre in the West Wing basement.

Mrs Pelosi, who is speaker of the House of Representatives, said the legion of unpaid federal employees were “collateral damage” to Mr Trump.

“The president seems to be insensitive to that,” she said. “He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can't.”

Mr Schumer told reporters the president had abruptly left when Mrs Pelosi said she would not approve any wall funding.

The Senate Democratic leader said: “He [Mr Trump] asked Speaker Pelosi, 'Will you agree to my wall?' She said no. And he just got up and said, 'Then we have nothing to discuss,' and he just walked out.

”Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way.“

The New York senator also said Mr Trump had ”slammed the table“, but senior Republican congressman Steve Scalise denied this.

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters he was ”disappointed“ that Democrats were ”unwilling to engage in good faith negotiations“.

Kevin McCarthy, Republican leader in the House of Representatives, said he found the Democrats' behavior ”embarrassing“.

Mr Trump has demanded US$ 5.7bn to build a steel barrier, which would deliver on a key campaign pledge. But Democrats - who this month took over the House of Representatives - have refused.

Wednesday's heated dispute came a day after Mr Trump's first televised Oval Office address to the nation, where he described the border as a humanitarian and security crisis.

Mrs Pelosi and Mr Schumer aired a rebuttal calling the president's claims a fake threat.

Mr Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency over the border ”crisis”, in a bid to bypass congressional approval and build the wall.

A new opinion poll suggests just over half of Americans (51%) blame President Trump for the shutdown, but that 77% of Republican voters back his demand for wall funding.

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  • Little J

    One more example of POTUS acting like a child whose wishes are not granted and therefore throws a tantrum and stalks out the meeting in a huff.

    A total lack of respect not only for those present at the meeting, but to the country and even the rest of the world as a whole.

    Posted 5 days ago 0
  • DemonTree

    @Chicureo
    Well, if you will do daft things like calling Temer a placeholder who did nothing significant...

    Trump had agreed to a budget with no wall funding, it was passed unanimously by the Senate, and then some Republican talking heads criticised him on Fox news and he suddenly changed his mind. He also said - with TV cameras rolling - that he owned the shutdown. Whoever wins this battle of wills (and the country loses either way), that's not good negotiating.

    And did you really intend to cast Trump as a Nazis in your little comparison? Most people would not be flattered.

    Posted 4 days ago 0
  • Chicureo

    DemonTree

    My gentle reminder is that gentile civilized polite negotiations don't work well when you're dealing with a ruthless maniac bent on winning at all costs.

    And yes, the British and French (Nancy and Chuck) are about to be nearly destroyed by the brutal Nazi obsession to win by Trump. He's taking no prisoners...

    Posted 4 days ago 0
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