The United States President Donald Trump has, on the 19th day of partial government shutdown, walked out of the White House meeting on Thursday, after Democrats refused to fund Trump’s demand of a border wall along with Mexico border.
The Republican president shut the talks after Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi stuck by their decision, and as negotiation broke down at the meeting.
According to news reported by BBC, Trump called the White House meeting as “a total waste of time”. Since the shutdown, around 800,000 federal workers would go without any pay this week for the very first time.
In a tweet, Trump wrote: “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.”
Trump added: “I said bye-bye, nothing else works.”
The leading Democrat in the Senate Chuck Schumer accused Trump of “temper tantrum” and claimed Trump “slammed the table”, ended talks, and left the room after Pelosi said “no” to fund wall.
Schumer said: “He asked speaker Pelosi, ‘Will you agree to my wall?’ She said no. 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.”
Pelosi said, “The president seems to be insensitive to that,” adding, “He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can’t.”
The New York senator said Trump “slammed the table”, but US vice president Mike Pence objected it.
Pence said Democrats were “unwilling to even negotiate”. He said, “The president walked into the room and passed out candy.” “I don’t recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand.”