Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump “slammed the table” and “just walked out” of the White House meeting dedicated to the ongoing partial government shutdown, which Democrats deemed as contentious.
According to Schumer, Trump said that if he ended the shutdown Democrats would not “do what I want.”
“That’s cruel, that’s callous and that’s using millions of innocent people as sort of pawns, and it was wrong,” Schumer pointed. “And then, a few minutes later, he sort of slammed the table and when Leader Pelosi she said she didn’t agree with a wall, he just walked out and said, ‘We have nothing to discuss.’ He said it was a waste of his time.”
Trump acknowledged some of Schumer’s comments on Twitter, again calling the meeting a “total waste of time.”
“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?” he tweeted. “Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
Contrary to this, Republicans gave a different report on the way the meeting was unrolling, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise described Trump during the meeting as “very calm.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy described the Democrats’ behavior as “embarrassing.”
“What he described the meeting to be, was totally different than what took place,” he said.
The President entered the room, and he “even brought a little bit of candy for everybody,” McCarthy said. Trump asked where both sides stood on negotiations to fund the government and end the shutdown. Negotiations broke down soon thereafter, according to McCarthy, when Democrats objected to Trump’s request for border wall funding if Trump quickly reopened the government.
McCarthy described the President’s reaction as calm and found what he believed to be Democrats’ mischaracterization of the meeting as “disturbing,” according to Newsweek.
“When Pelosi said, ‘No,’ the President said, ‘Goodbye’,” Vice President Mike Pence said.
“What the President made clear today is he is going to stand firm to achieve his priorities to build a wall—a steel barrier on the southern border, add additional personnel, additional resources and additional reforms to stem the crisis that we face on our southern border.”