You want to know why Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer wanted to kick the press out of their meeting with @realDonaldTrump?
It's because they don't want the public to hear how weak they are on border security.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 11, 2018
FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump clashed Tuesday with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with the cameras rolling in the Oval Office, as the president insisted he’s willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn’t approve funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall.
“If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” Trump said.
The highly anticipated sit-down quickly escalated, in public, as Trump allowed the press to attend the start of it. Trump began by repeatedly telling Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, his party is limited in what it can do because it will take Democratic support to pass anything through the Senate.
Schumer then raised his voice as he claimed the Senate could pass measures to keep the government running regardless.
“If it’s not good [on] border security, I won’t take it,” Trump shot back.
Pelosi and Schumer repeatedly urged the president to take the meeting private, but not before he declared he’s “proud to shut down the government for border security” and will “take the mantle.”
Pelosi noted, “this has spiraled downwards.”
The meeting broke up roughly a half-hour after the cameras stopped rolling. The very-public discord leaves unclear whether the two sides can come to an agreement to keep the government running before a looming Dec. 21 deadline.
Pelosi, speaking to reporters afterwards, claimed they left things “in a pretty good place.” But the White House put out a statement after the meeting saying “major disagreement remains on the issue of border security and transparency,” despite their “constructive dialogue.”
Schumer and Pelosi put out a terse post-meeting statement: “We gave the president two options that would keep the government open. It’s his choice to accept one of those options or shut the government down.”
The explosive meeting with Schumer, the Senate minority leader, and Pelosi came hours after Trump threatened Tuesday to have the military “build the remaining sections” of the wall if Congress doesn’t deliver the funding. Vice President Mike Pence was also in attendance.
As Trump began discussing the details of the negotiations, Pelosi said, “I don’t think you should have a debate in front of the press.” At another point, Schumer said: “Let’s debate in private.”
Trump and Schumer also exchanged zingers over recent midterm elections.
“Elections have consequences, Mr. President,” Schumer said.
“And that’s why the country is doing so well,” the president shot back.
Not only did the President of the United States of America just hand the ranking democratic Party Leaders of the House and Senate their [email protected]@es on live television, in a brilliant political maneuver he just gave them “nowhere to go” as he accepted the mantle for his promised government shutdown.
Pelosi and Schumer were left revealed as stuttering incompetent enemies of America’s Sovereignty.
And, while that has been known to all of us between the coasts for quite some time now, never have their masks been ripped off them on live television as Trump did today.
They underestimated President Trump.
And, their underestimation is what led to their public embarrassment today.
Trump is not a self-serving professional politician like they plainly are.
He is an American Businessman and Entrepreneur, worth billions of dollars, who put his personal success on hold to serve his country and protect her citizens.
Oh, and by the way…to those #NeverTrumpers and others who have doubted him since before he was inaugurated…he did not become a billionaire by being stupid.
Until He Comes,