Donald Trump walks out of border wall meeting, prolonging government shutdown – Donald Trump’s America
United States President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democrat leaders, as both sides try to break a political impasse that has forced a partial government shutdown.
The key sticking point is funding for Mr Trump’s key policy of building a wall along the border with Mexico.
Mr Trump says Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “no” when he asked her if Democrats would approve funding for a barrier, within a month, if he agreed to end the government shutdown.
The meeting was a “total waste of time,” he said on Twitter.
Tweet from Donald Trump: ust left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, 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? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer accused the President of having a temper tantrum during the meeting.
“He asked [House] Speaker Pelosi, ‘Will you agree to my wall?’ she said no,” Mr Schumer said.
“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.”
More to come.
Trump tweeted about the meeting, saying he told leaders “bye bye” before walking off. (AP: Evan Vucci)