After a fiery Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Tuesday, the White House is standing firm in its demand for more border wall funding in a spending bill set to expire Dec. 21.
“President Trump had a constructive dialogue with Democrat Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding, “President Trump made clear that any government funding measure must include responsible border security, including a wall, to protect the American people from drugs, crime, terrorism, public health threats, and the severe straining of the social safety net.”
“So far, the Democrat Party has made clear they would rather keep the border open than the government open,” Sanders continued. “President Trump was grateful for the opportunity to let the press into the meeting so that the American People can see firsthand that while Republicans are fighting to protect our border, Democrats are fighting to protect illegal immigrants.” (RELATED: Trump Brawls Face-To-Face With Pelosi, Schumer Over Wall Funding)
Trump all but declared the same to Pelosi and Schumer’s face during the meeting, telling the Senate minority leader, “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,” the president continued. “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I won’t blame you for it. The last time, you shut it down. It didn’t work.”
Schumer and Pelosi said after the meeting that “Republicans still control the House, the Senate and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open. Our country cannot afford a ‘Trump Shutdown,’ especially at this time of economic uncertainty.”