President Trump on Thursday said Sen. “Cryin Chuck” Schumer lied when he claimed the president “slammed” his hand on the table and stormed out of a White House meeting trying to break the
stalemate over the border wall.
“Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I ‘slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum,’” Trump posted on his Twitter page. “Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!”
Schumer, the Senate minority leader, and other Democratic congressional leaders emerged from the meeting on Wednesday to say it quickly ended when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t agree to his demands for a wall on the southern border.
At that point, Schumer said, Trump slammed his hand on the table and left the meeting.
“Unfortunately, the president just got up and walked out,” Schumer told reporters outside the White House. “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, and he just walked out of the meeting.”
Moments later, Republicans who attended the meeting, including Vice President Mike Pence, provided a different version of what happened.
“The president walked into the room and passed out candy. I don’t recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand,” Pence said.
In a tweet later Wednesday, Trump called the meeting with Schumer and Pelosi 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!” he wrote.
The impasse at Wednesday’s meeting showed that both sides are dug in on their positions on the wall, even as the partial government shutdown is the second-longest on record.
Later Thursday, Trump is expected to travel to McAllen, Texas, where he’ll visit the border and participate in a roundtable discussion.
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