Talk about a temper tantrum.
President Trump banged his fists against a table and stormed out of a White House meeting Tuesday after assembled Democrats once again refused his demand for a taxpayer-funded border wall with Mexico, according to people in the room.
The brief Situation Room sit-down — convened in hopes of hashing out an end to the increasingly insufferable government shutdown now in its 19th day — ended abruptly after Trump “sort of slammed the table” and left when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told him Dems won’t entertain his request for $5.7 billion in wall cash, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“He just got up and said we had nothing to discuss and he just walked out,” Schumer told reporters outside the White House. “Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way.”
At the outset of the meeting, Trump struck a nihilistic tone, telling Democratic and Republican leaders in the room that he didn’t understand “why we are even doing this,” according to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
Pelosi’s border barrier smack-down came after Trump asked whether Dems would budge on their no-wall stance later on if he agreed to promptly end the shutdown by signing a bipartisan spending package that would reopen eight of the shuttered Cabinet departments with full funding and bankroll the Department of Homeland Security on current spending levels through Feb. 8.
The compromise measure — which was previously championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — is meant to give lawmakers more time to discuss disagreements on border spending while releasing the 800,000 federal employees working without pay or not working at all from the hostage-like situation they’re in.
Trump has refused to approve the spending legislation since it doesn’t include wall cash.
Pelosi ripped the silver spoon-fed President for being out of touch with the furloughed federal workers.
“He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money, but they can’t,” Pelosi said.
While Pelosi and Schumer addressed reporters, Trump took to his favorite medium to provide his side of the scuttled rendezvous.