Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

Speaking to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued Tuesday night that the wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis", blaming illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the USA and asking: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" "I really believe the Democrats and the Republicans are working together". Schumer said that Mr. Trump "slammed the table" and called the meeting a "waste of time" after Pelosi said that she did not support funding for the border wall.

As he arrived on Capitol Hill, he said there was "tremendous" and "unwavering" GOP support.

In his first national address from the Oval Office, the president gave no indication he was softening his stance that the partial government shutdown would continue without money for the wall.

"The president of the United States - having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill - has shut down the government", Schumer said. Meanwhile, almost 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed.

"Unfortunately, the President just got up and walked out", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters outside the White House.

President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a U.S. government shutdown.

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Shifting between empathetic appeals and the dark immigration rhetoric that was a trademark of his presidential campaign, Trump asked: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?"

Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing USA airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees missing work or calling in sick. "That I can tell you". But he did not mention that Tuesday night.

"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. The shutdown appears to have no end in sight. "Let's proceed in a way that is respectful of our security and respectful of our values", Pelosi said. The mounting impact of the partial shutdown, which initially was limited but will increase as more federal workers miss paychecks this cycle and services like those at national parks suffer, is likely to increase pressure on Congress and the White House to forge a deal in the coming days.

It's unclear what comes next in the shutdown stalemate.

"I think we ought to solve this shutdown".

Pelosi ducked a question asking whether she'd strike a middle ground on the president's $5.7 billion request, and said she wants a Republican offer "in writing" to share with the public.

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