Top Democrats say President Donald Trump walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders as talks to end the partial government shutdown remain at an impasse.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at Wednesday’s White House meeting whether she would agree to fund his wall.
When she said “no,” Schumer says, Trump got up and said, “Then we have nothing to discuss.” Schumer says, “And he just walked out.”
Schumer is calling Trump’s actions “really, really unfortunate.”
Trump is also weighing in on the meeting by tweet, calling it “a total waste of time.”
He tweets that once Pelosi rejected his long-stalled border wall, he “said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
Vice President Mike Pence says Democrats were “unwilling to even negotiate.”
Pence spoke outside the West Wing after the contentious meeting.
Pence says, “I think the president made his position very clear today that there will be no deal without a wall.”
Pence says Trump asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whether she would be willing to agree to funding for a wall or a barrier on the southern border if he re-opened the government quickly.
Pence says, “When she said ‘No,’ the president said ‘Goodbye.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump had a “temper tantrum.” Pence says of the president, “I don’t recall him ever raising his voice.”