Congressional leaders met at the White House on Wednesday with President Donald Trump to discuss the partial government shutdown.
Soon after the meeting was over, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ran to the cameras outside of the White House and said Trump walked out of the meeting after Democrats told him “no” on striking a deal to provide funding for the border wall.
“Well, unfortunately, the president just got up and walked out,” Schumer said.
Schumer said after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “no” when asked about funding the wall, Trump “slammed his hands on the table” and left the meeting.
“And he just got up and said, ‘We have nothing to discuss,’ and he just walked out,” Schumer said.
Soon after the meeting, Trump seemed to confirm that he walked out of the meeting and that it was a total waste of time.
Just 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
“Just 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!” Trump wrote.
Trump’s tweet is scorching across social media and has nearly 100,000 “likes” since he sent it out an hour ago.
The president ending the meeting comes less than 24 hours after he delivered a national address on Tuesday night.
Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also delivered an address, and it has been brutally mocked by just about everyone.
Schumer and Pelosi’s televised response to Trump was bizarre, awkward, and visually low-energy.
Aside from that, polling strongly suggests the American people are with Trump on the issue of combating illegal immigration and securing the border.
According to a new Economist/YouGov survey, 93 percent of Americans say illegal immigration is a problem.
The poll found that just 7 percent of the overall public say illegal immigration is “not a problem” facing the nation.
Trump has been determined to get at least $5 billion in funding for the wall amid the government shutdown.
Last month, House Republicans voted 217-185 to approve a measure that would keep the government open and allocate $5.7 billion for border wall funding.
The bill is now waiting a full vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are hashing it out over funding for border security.
Trump originally wanted $5 billion for border wall funding and Democrats only offered $1.6 billion, which they claimed was a “very generous” offer.
Trump has also threatened to declare a national emergency and have the military build his wall, which would use funds from the Department of Defense.
In fact, House Armed Service Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, stunned many over the weekend and admitted that Trump has the full authority to use the U.S. military to build the border wall.