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Meeting between Trump and Democrats on gov't shutdown just ended explosively — here's what happened


The blame game continued into media briefings afterward

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According to the participants of a meeting between the president and Democratic leaders on Wednesday, the meeting ended prematurely with a walk-out, but they agree on little else that happened.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident shortly after the event was reported and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke to reporters with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time," the president tweeted.

"I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up," he continued, "are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO."

"I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" he concluded.

According to Democrats, the meeting ended much more explosively.

"Again, we saw a temper tantrum, because he couldn't get his way and he just walked out of he meeting," said Schumer to reporters.

Schumer said the president told them he would not re-open the government because Democrats wouldn't do what he said. He called the president "cruel, callous," and accused the president of using millions of people as pawns.

"And then a few minutes later," said Schumer, "he sort of slammed the table, and when leader Pelosi said she didn't agree with the wall, he just walked out and said we have nothing to discuss."

Both agreed that Trump called the meeting a "waste of time" and that he got up and left abruptly.

House Minority Leader Mike McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that it was Schumer, not Trump, who raised his voice, and that the president addressed him in a very respectful tone. He called the Democrats' behavior "disturbing" and "embarrassing."

"I want to solve this problem," said McCarthy. "People are hurting. So I tell the Democrats: get back into the room."

"I think the president made his position very clear today that there will be no deal without a wall," said Vice President Mike Pence about the meeting. "There will be no deal without the priorities the president has put on the table."

Democrats agreed the president also said "bye bye" as he walked out on the meeting.

The partial government shutdown is into its third week, with both sides blaming the other, but so far federal employees have not missed out on a paycheck yet — that will occur for the first time on Friday.

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