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5 jaw-dropping moments from Trump's WILD meeting with Pelosi and Schumer

Conservative Review

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had a wild meeting at the White House Tuesday, when a debate over government funding for a border wall spontaneously erupted in front of the press and ended with Trump vowing to take the blame for a potential government shutdown.

Kicking things off, Trump welcomed the press to the meeting and discussed the issues they would talk about. The tone was set when Trump joked to Schumer about wall funding being "easy" and Schumer snidely corrected him, "It's called funding the government, Mr. President."

Trump predicted that he might not come to an agreement with the Democratic leaders. Calling on Pelosi to say something, she said the government "should not have a Trump shutdown."

That set the president off.

Trump was eager to defend his position, arguing that he has the votes for a wall in the House but that Schumer's Senate Democrat obstructionism is blocking wall funding in the Senate. Pelosi did not want to have this debate in front of the press.

Disagreements intensified. An argument over whether strong border security necessitates a physical wall devolved into squabbles over the state of the economy and over the margin of victory for Democrats and Republicans in the 2018 midterms.

At one point, Schumer shot at Trump: "When the president brags that he won North Dakota and Indiana, he's in real trouble."

Schumer and Pelosi repeatedly stated that they had come in "good faith" to prevent a government shutdown. But Trump had had it with both of them. The president insisted on funding for a wall and vowed to take the blame for a government shutdown, if that's what it takes.

So what did we learn?

First, Trump and the Democratic leaders are living in different realities on wall funding. There's likely not much room for compromise there. The Democrats got what they want when Trump said he'd take the blame for a shutdown. Trump got what he wanted by putting them on the spot in front of television cameras. After this performance, it's hard to imagine either side backing down from a government shutdown.

Second, Pelosi and Schumer do not want this debate to air in front of the press. It's harder to cast Trump as a villain when he's in the same room insisting on protecting Americans from violent criminal illegal aliens and drug-pushing gangs.

Third, though the media hate this president because he insults them, he once again proved he is the most transparent and media-friendly American president in living memory. Can you imagine any other president allowing this debate to play out in front of the press?

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