Takeaways From Trump's Made-For-TV Oval Office Border Brawl

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. in the Oval Office of the White House Tuesday Dec. 11 2018 in Washington. (AP
Trump to meet with Democrat leaders amid fight over border wall
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13 December, 2018

Speaking outside the White House after the Oval Office meeting, Democratic leaders blasted Trump over his renewed threat to shut down part of the government over funding of a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. The bravado and playground taunts that are the president's signature weapons of choice ran squarely up against the Democratic resistance, subpoenas and gridlock of a soon-to-be empowered Congress.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning linked the suspected terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France, to Democratic leaders' refusal to grant him the funding to build a wall on the US border with Mexico.

"We believe you shouldn't shut it down", Schumer said. "It's a national security thing". But, she said, "If that's what he wants, then that's what we have to do". "I will be the one to shut it down".

Pelosi said Trump does not have the votes in the House to secure the billions he wants to fulfill his promise to build a wall. Nancy Pelosi said: "'I would never put DACA associated with the wall.' Well, we did that in February, so this idea that the president needs to back down, doesn't make sense to me".

That prompted Schumer to come in like a professional wrestling tag-team partner rushing through the ropes to further soften an opponent: "Elections have consequences, Mr. President".

"When the president brags he has won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", retorted Schumer with a smile. But Trump's rhetoric is an indication the president may be coming to terms with a scenario in which Democrats won't accept his demand to fund the project.

Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a bill that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through September 30.

"We gave the president two options that would keep the government open", Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement after the meeting.

Schumer told Trump that "we have solutions that will pass the House and the Senate", but Trump was resisting "because you can't have your way" on the wall.

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Cooper said Trump tapped into his reality TV roots during the meeting in an attempt to "star in and produce the show".

Before lawmakers adjourn for the year they also may consider a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller and a plan to overhaul the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. A Mexican official familiar with the issue told CNN on Tuesday, "Mexico´s position regarding the so-called wall is the same the previous government had".

It undercut the message of Trump's own Republicans in Congress that the Democrats are to blame for blockading the budget and risking a shutdown.

THE FACTS: Trump, of course, has been saying wall, wall, wall, since the 2015 Republican primaries, in a torrent of tweets and in countless rallies.

Trump invited the press into the room to watch the action despite not warning Pelosi or Schumer that they would be present.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Trump was all that stands between fully funding the government and a shutdown.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is unloading on President Donald Trump after their Oval Office confrontation over government funding. "That will happen. Whether it's a tax or whether it's a payment", Trump said a year ago.

The president did not say when or where the "terrorists" were caught. "This is not about border security". "They can't come and say they want to shut the government down for no reason because they don't want border security".

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