Trump walks out of shutdown talk with Dems


National News

January 10, 2019 - 10:34 AM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks to the media as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer, D- Md., and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D- Ill., look on after a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON — A day after calling for a bipartisan compromise to resolve the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump stormed out of a White House negotiating session Wednesday when Democratic leaders refused to agree to his demand for taxpayer funds to build a southern border wall.

“Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump tweeted afterward. He said he asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., if they would agree to end the shutdown, now in its 19th day, in return for funds for a wall or steel barrier, one of his major campaign promises.

“The president slammed the table, asked Speaker Pelosi if she would support his wall and when she said no, he walked out and said, ‘We have nothing to talk about,’” Schumer said. “He didn’t get his way and he just walked out of the meeting.”

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