Donald Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats on shutdown

10 January, 2019, 14:14 | Author: Donna Miller
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Republicans said Trump posed a direct question to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: If he opened the government would she fund the wall?

Mr Trump called the meeting "a total waste of time".

He continued: "I said bye-bye, nothing else works".

"He just got up and he said, 'Then we have nothing to discuss.' And he just walked out".

"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said.

Democrats said before the White House meeting that they would ask Trump to accept an earlier bipartisan bill that had money for border security but not the wall.

Federal workers are "as disappointed as we are that Democrats are unwilling to engage in good-faith negotiations", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters after the meeting.

The Trump administration ― including the vice president ― has invited sharp criticism this week for its numerous misleading claims about what is happening on the US border with Mexico to justify the proposed wall.

"There are a number of persons that testified before the committee that I feel were not telling the truth", said Speier in her address. However, Republicans said Trump, who handed out candy at the start of the meeting, did not raise his voice and there was no table pounding.

Mr Trump then tweeted: "I..."

The vice president told reporters that the Democratic leaders also objected to Trump's characterization of the situation at the southern border, which Pence referred to as "a humanitarian and security crisis".

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Democrats say their priority is to reopen the government, resume paychecks for about 800,000 federal employees and restart disrupted government services.

Democrats insist they will not lift their opposition to the wall project and believe Americans will tire of the shutdown chaos and blame Trump.

Trump had just returned from Capitol Hill where he urged jittery congressional Republicans to hold firm with him.

Before taking control of the House of Representatives last Thursday, Democrats had said they would investigate Trump on multiple fronts, including ties with Russian Federation, his tax returns and allegations of conflicts of interest.

"I think we might work a deal, and if we don't I might go that route", he said.

Trump's triumphant 2016 campaign relied heavily on his "build the wall" slogan and since then, he has pushed the idea that the United States is being overwhelmed by unsafe migrants who enter the country illegally.

This week, an increasingly frustrated president is trying to seize the initiative.

In his Tuesday evening address to the nation, Trump repeated numerous same lies and half-truths he has long told in regard to the wall, falsely claiming that Democrats want "open borders" and painting the migrants arriving at the border to seek asylum as risky criminals. He blamed illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the USA and asked: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?"

"For those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask to imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken", he said in the nine-minute speech.

Trump on Wednesday floated ideas that have been circulated for a broader immigration overhaul. "I think it was truly a disturbing series of events over the last two years". "Didn't have the effect he had hoped". It was same old same old - mistruths, divisiveness.

"Neither side feel they can cave and not pay a bad political price", Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on Fox News.


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