WASHINGTON (AP) – A closed-door meeting between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders lasted barely 30 minutes Tuesday after a heated televised opening session “spiraled downwards,” in the words of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Speaking outside the White House after the Oval Office meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted Trump over his renewed threat to shut down part of the government over funding of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Schumer said, “This temper tantrum that he seems to throw will not get him his wall.”
Pelosi said Trump does not have the votes in the House to secure the billions he wants to fulfill his promise to build a wall.
Schumer says if Trump doesn’t change course, “He will get no wall and he will get a shutdown.”
Government funding for some agencies is set to expire on Dec. 21, threatening a partial shutdown.
Trump wants a funding package for the next fiscal year to include at least $5 billion for his proposed border wall with Mexico, an idea Democrats have flatly rejected.
They 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 Sept. 30. The homeland bill includes about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures at the border.
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