'Temper tantrum': Oval Office meeting gets heated between president and top Democrats

'Temper tantrum': Oval Office meeting gets heated between president and top Democrats

"If we don't get what we want, one way or the other, whether it's through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government", Mr Trump ultimately declared.

Trump was eager to defend his position, arguing that he has the votes for a wall in the House but that Schumer's Senate Democrat obstructionism is blocking wall funding in the Senate.

"If we don't get what we want ..."

"I will take the mantle".

Constantly interrupting, Trump squabbled with the Democrats over whether wall funding could be approved in the House or Senate without Democratic votes.

"There are various conversations going on about a path forward", said an aide to Pelosi.

Pelosi raised a hand, then wagged her index finger: "Mr. President, please don't characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory".


Schumer also informed the president that "elections have consequences". Schumer interrupted her to say a wall is wasteful and doesn't solve the problem. "They know how important it is!" he tweeted.

According to a recent Harvard-Harris Poll, 63 percent of voters support President Trump's immigration compromise that gives a path to legalization for DACA recipients in exchange for border wall funding, an end to the diversity visa lottery, and a move toward merit-based immigration.

"We're doing this in a friendly manner", replied Trump, prompting a grimace from Pelosi.

Trump predicted that he might not come to an agreement with the Democratic leaders.

And silently watching the freaky, acrimonious scene was Vice-President Mike Pence. He later called the meeting a "good discussion".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he hasn't given up hope that a shutdown can be averted. The Kentucky Republican said "magic" sometimes happens in Congress ahead of Christmas, when lawmakers are eager to leave Washington. "He said, 'Donald Trump.' I said, 'I never mentioned your name'".

The fight kicked off when Pelosi told Trump that Americans did not want to see a "Trump shutdown", touching a nerve.


Neither the public nor the private face-to-face portion of the meeting appeared to resolve the wall-funding dispute with a partial shutdown looming on December 21.

Under the plan Democrats are offering Trump, funding for the Homeland Security Department would remain largely flat through 2019.

Congress is seeking to finalise spending before some federal government funding expires on December 21. Bob Casey was supportive of the $1.6 billion that a bipartisan Senate funding bill has earmarked for border security.

The border wall between the United States and Mexico, as seen from Tijuana. The account was described on condition of anonymity by an aide who was in the room but not authorized to discuss Pelosi's remarks publicly. Democrats and immigrants advocacy groups say Trump has massively overblown the risk posed by migrants. But he said Trump told the Democrats he would consider their budget proposals, Schumer told reporters.

At least five Democrats who have pledged to oppose Nancy Pelosi in her bid to become speaker of the House are nearing a deal to support her as long as she limits her leadership to no more than four more years, according to multiple people familiar with the talks.

Opponents say the wall is not only a waste of money but has been used by the president to whip up xenophobia. Nevertheless, here comes Schumer to the Oval Office repeatedly condemning government shutdowns - while conveniently neglecting the one he caused. I need no better evidence than their new website - which I think is 'LyinComey, ' maybe? - attacking me. Although Republicans still control both chambers, Trump needs Democratic support in the Senate to get the 60 votes needed to advance a spending bill. So it's really mostly a symbolic battle.


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