Trump reportedly raged after his meeting with Schumer and Pelosi
- Author: Gwendolyn Kim Dec 13, 2018,
Dec 13, 2018, 0:28
The president says he doesn't mind taking the blame for a government shutdown if the two sides can't agree on funding for border improvements.
The prospect for a quick compromise dissolved Tuesday in a testy, finger-pointing White House meeting between Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.
Trump heckled Schumer over a previous shutdown, saying "the last time you shut it down you got killed" politically.
Pentagon spokesman Jamie Davis said that while the military doesn't now have plans to build portions of a border wall, "Congress has provided options under Title 10 U.S. Code that could permit the Department of Defense to fund border barrier projects, such as in support of counter drug operations or national emergencies". "But we'll speak to the Justice Department, we'll speak to them, we'll get a lot of people involved". "I will shut down the government", he declared.
Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it's up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgment of their own inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone.
Rep. Kurt Schrader, an Oregon Democrat who's an outspoken critic of Pelosi, said term limits wouldn't be enough to tamp down his quest to see her go.
"When the president brags he has won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", retorted Mr Schumer with a smile. The president has sought to depict the migrants heading for the United States as an "invasion" of criminals, even terrorists, and his requested $5 billion in funding for the border wall as an essential national security measure, despite little evidence that the migrants are anything other than refugees fleeing poverty and violence.
Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a measure that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that would fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
"If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall". "Whatever "deal" they come to, you can count on one thing", the libertarian-leaning Republican tweeted today.
The Democrats said they have given Trump two options to keep government open, and the responsibility lay with him and Republicans who control Congress.
"This temper tantrum that he seems to throw will not get him his wall", Schumer said.
Cooper said Trump tapped into his reality TV roots during the meeting in an attempt to "star in and produce the show".
Trump can not legally take funding Congress has appropriated for one goal and use it for another, such as building a border wall.
Trump wants at least $5 billion for the wall in the next funding package.
"It's like a manhood thing for him".
"Did you say 'Trump?'" the president asked.
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Trump was all that stands between fully funding the government and a shutdown.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Monday he does not believe Trump or Democrats want to shut the government down. "That will happen. Whether it's a tax or whether it's a payment", Trump said past year. Increased arrests indicate that more people are trying to cross the border illegally.