Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Donald Trump, top Democrats in astonishing Oval Office spat

Donald Trump, top Democrats in astonishing Oval Office spat

Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the still Republican-dominated Senate, and Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become speaker in the newly Democrat-controlled House in January, bluntly told Trump that he had no chance of getting the $5 billion he wants for the wall.

Democrats believe they scored an important political point in the angry confrontation, when Trump said he would own a shutdown, saying "I am proud to shut down the government for border security'". "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have problems and drugs pouring into our country", he added.

Vice President Mike Pence sat beside Trump, silent and stone faced.

Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a bill that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through September 30. That is less than the $1.6 billion a bipartisan Senate committee has approved. Nevertheless, here comes Schumer to the Oval Office repeatedly condemning government shutdowns - while conveniently neglecting the one he caused.

Back on Capitol Hill, Schumer accused Trump of throwing a tantrum.

Hours before the meeting, Mr Trump tweeted that "the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall". Ed Perlmutter, with Rep. Linda Sanchez and Rep. Bill Foster joining for a meeting on Tuesday with Pelosi, according to one Democratic aide. She's been a strong fundraiser and unrelenting liberal who doesn't shy from political combat, and her backers complained that her opponents were mostly white men who were largely more moderate than most House Democrats.

"Leader McConnell says he doesn't want a shutdown, but he refuses to engage with the president to tell him what's transparently obvious to everyone else".

Pelosi responded: "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". "I will shut down the government", he declared.

"I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not", Pelosi said in her statement.

"We're doing this in a very friendly manner", Trump said.

On Tuesday, she told Democrats privately, "He said at the end of the meeting, he said, 'We can go two routes with this meeting: with a knife or a candy".

Donald Trump opened his press event with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer with a feel-good embrace of bipartisanship.

When Ms Pelosi brought up Republican election losses in the House, Mr Trump quickly retorted that his party won the Senate.

"When the president brags that he won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", Schumer said to the astonished press capturing the back-and-forth.

Schumer and Pelosi both said legislation to keep the government open and provide additional border security could pass both houses of Congress, but Trump said major wall funding was necessary. "We have to have an evidence-based conversation about what does work and what money has been spent and how effective it is", Pelosi said. "We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN!"

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