An enraged President Trump walked out of discussions to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, calling discussions with congressional Democrats “a total waste of time.”
After the meeting, Chuck Schumer told a group of assembled reporters that after Nancy Pelosi refused to cave to Donald Trump’s wall funding demands, Trump slammed his fist on the table and stormed out. This is an alarming tantrum even by his standards. It gets even stranger.
Donald Trump posted this tweet about the meeting: “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!” The Washington Post then confirmed that, according to a Democrat aide in the room, Donald Trump really did say “bye-bye” before he stormed out.
Schumer then asked Trump, “Why won’t you open the government and stop hurting people?”
Trump responded bluntly, “Because then you won’t give me what I want.”
Pelosi, speaking alongside Schumer outside the White House, said Trump was “insensitive” to federal workers missing pay during the shutdown and alluded to Trump’s own privileged upbringing.
“He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for money, but they can’t,” Pelosi said.
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
Here’s Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s reaction after the meeting:
Schumer says that Trump "slammed the table," walked out of a meeting and called it "a waste of time" after Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't agree to his border wall. Via CBS pic.twitter.com/C8TQ268Qxl
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 9, 2019
This wasn’t the only part of Donald Trump’s meltdown today. During a meeting with reporters, while the cameras were rolling, Trump ended up telling off ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl. He got angry and kept asking Karl how he should handle the shutdown, and then yelled this at him: “Would you do that if you were in my position? Because if you would do that, you should never be in this position, because you’d never get anything done.”