President Donald Trump called the meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to end the partial government shutdown a “total waste of time.”
Trump made the comment in a tweet, minutes after he left the meeting at the White House on Wednesday afternoon. The president tweeted, “Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time.”
“I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else work,” he added.
Democratic leaders called Trump “cruel, callous, and insensitive”
On the other hand, the Democratic leaders condemned Trump for walking out of the meeting because he can’t get what he wants.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, “Unfortunately, the President just got up and walked out. ‘He asked Speaker Pelosi, ‘Will you agree to my wall?’ She said no. And he just got up and said, ‘Then we have nothing to discuss,’ and he just walked out. Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way, and he just walked out of the meeting.”
Additionally, Schumer said he asked Trump to open up the government because many people will not be able to pay their bills. However, the President responded, “If I open up the government, you won’t do what I want.”
Schumer criticized Trump’s response as “cruel” and “callous” because he is “using millions of people as sort of pawns.” He reiterated that Democrats wants to “come to an agreement” and they “believe in border security.”
Furthermore, he stated that they already submitted their proposals on border security over the past several weeks.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Pelosi said Trump is “insensitive” to the situation of federal workers affected by the shutdown.
According to her, “He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for money, but they can’t…If you don’t understand financial insecurity then you would have a policy that takes pride in saying, ‘I’m going to keep government shut down for months or years unless you totally agree to my position.’ “