Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said after a meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday that Trump’s “temper tantrum” will not give him his proposed border wall.
President Trump, Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sparred in an on-camera fight over border wall funding in a December spending bill.
Trump surprised the press by calling reporters into the meeting that was initially supposed to be closed the press.
President Trump said he will shut down the government if Congress does not fund his requested $5 billion for border wall funding in the December spending bill. Schumer and Pelosi have proposed $1.6 billion in border security, not border wall funding.
“I am proud to shut down the government for national security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle,” Trump said.
After the meeting, Schumer said Trump will not receive funding for his border wall, suggesting that Trump had a “temper tantrum.”
The New York Democrat said, “He will get no wall, and he will get a shutdown.”
“This temper tantrum that he seems to throw will not get him his wall,” Schumer said.
“He does not have the votes in the House to pass whatever his agenda is with that wall in it,” Pelosi said.
The conservative House Freedom Caucus released a statement late on Monday night, contending that they stand with President Trump, ready to fight for his promised border wall.
“This is our last chance to address illegal immigration before Democrats take over the House,” the Freedom Caucus said in a group statement. “Republicans in Congress must fulfill our promise to the American people by building President Trump’s wall, ending catch and release, and securing our borders.”
During the meeting at the White House, Trump said he would not sign any funding bill without substantial border security funding.
“If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” Trump said. “We have to have the wall.”