An increasingly agitated and nervous Chuck Schumer didn’t like the cameras rolling as President Trump admonished both him and Nancy Pelosi for their unwillingness to fully fund America’s need for border security. When Senator Schumer asked that the discussion move away from the media, the president’s voice rose even louder as he declared he was willing to shut down the federal government if border security funding wasn’t included in the upcoming budget. “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” Trump said.
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Trump, Pelosi and Schumer get into a heated Oval Office fight over border wall and shutdown
President Donald Trump’s meeting with Democratic congressional leaders Tuesday turned into an argument before it really began, as the president said he would be “proud” to shut down parts of the government over his proposed border wall.
At the start of a meeting among the leaders, Trump repeatedly touted his proposed border wall, one of his top political promises. He seeks $5 billion to fund it in a year-end spending package, a demand Democrats do not want to meet. He repeatedly claimed large portions of the wall have already been built, though Congress has only passed funds to construct new or repair existing fences.
Trump asked Pelosi to speak, when she said “the American people recognize we must keep the government open” and warned of a “Trump shutdown.” When Pelosi turned the topic to the vote counts needed to fund the government in Congress, the conversation devolved into an argument.
“No, we don’t have the votes, Nancy,” Trump shot at the California Democrat. “I can’t get it passed in the House if it’s not going to pass the Senate,” he added, referencing his inability to get Senate Democratic votes for his immigration priorities.
Democrats are walking the far more precarious political tight line here. While segments of the population support anti-border security policies, polling indicates a majority across the country, including large segments of minority communities, side with President Trump and his view we must secure the border now. And each time another human caravan attempts to push its way into the country’s southern border, more and more Americans demand border security.
Today’s meeting between the president and Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi was a clear warning shot across the bow of congressional leaders that a government shutdown is far more likely than not should they refuse to adequately fund a safe and secure U.S. border.
This is going to get very interesting very soon.