Donald Trump sat down with Senator Chuck Schumer and soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the White House on Tuesday to talk to discuss border security and Trump’s Big Beautiful Wall and things got very testy.
At one point an angry Trump exchanged words with Schumer and began shouting that he would shut the government down “if we don’t get what we want.” Schumer meanwhile stared straight ahead like a parent waiting for their child to finish his ice cream-related rant.
TRUMP to SCHUMER: "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, chuck. People in this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country" pic.twitter.com/E8CRW9k7pe— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) December 11, 2018
At one point Pelosi suggests the raucous debate about border security and the relative merits of a wall be conducted behind closed doors and not messily in full view of the press, saying “this is spiraling downward” but Trump barrels forward, saying that the fruitless shouting match about basic facts constitutes “transparency.”
pence sitting there blinking like a jv football coach https://t.co/8MXZB3qvi4— erin “topless pinocchio ;)” ryan (@morninggloria) December 11, 2018
It’s sort of the real-life 3D version of the recurring meltdowns that Trump has been having on Twitter recently as the isolated president seems to get angrier and angrier. This may have to do with the Mueller investigation seemingly closing in around him or with the fact that nobody wants to work for him anymore.
Trump gives the Democrats the best soundbite they could possibly hope for: "Yes, if we don't get what we want...I will shut down the government. ... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it." pic.twitter.com/e4xbjlMvwj— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 11, 2018
In any case let’s have more of these angry Springeresque couch battles, please. This is what the people want to see.
(Also at least when he’s shouting he’s not signing things.)
And here it is. Trump finally admitting to Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that he's going to hold the federal government hostage over the border wall.— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) December 11, 2018
"Yes. If we don't get what we want, one way or the other...I will shut down the government." #trumpshutdownpic.twitter.com/KemxChnMQx
You can watch the meeting in full here:
WATCH: Full video of Trump's heated meeting with Schumer and Pelosi https://t.co/AoA5Zduq2o— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2018