Pelosi Says Trump Wants Shutdown As ‘Christmas Present’ — Corrects Herself To ‘Holiday Present’

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Benny Johnson Columnist, Viral Politics
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After a contentious Tuesday meeting with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi corrected herself for saying “Christmas.”

Democratic leaders met with Trump in the Oval Office to discuss legislative priorities for the new Congress, hoping to avoid a shutdown over border wall funding.

The meeting quickly grew heated as Trump accused Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer of not wanting a secure border. Pelosi and Schumer traded barbs with Trump over wall funding and potential legislative roadblocks. Trump demanded funding for the border wall and said he was not scared of a government shutdown.

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“The last time you got killed,” Trump told Schumer in a tense moment, citing a relatively recent government shutdown. After the meeting, Pelosi and Schumer approached reporters waiting outside the White House. Pelosi corrected herself in declaring that Trump was giving the American people a shutdown as a “Christmas present.”
“Unfortunately, the president chooses to shut down the government,” Pelosi said. “We have a ‘Trump Shutdown’ as a Christmas present — a holiday present — to the American people.”

Trump has regularly chided politically correct Democrats for saying “holiday” instead of “Christmas.”

“We’re going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” was a slogan Trump used often on the campaign trail.

The government will shut down if Congress cannot pass a funding bill in the coming weeks.