FAIR: It's do or die for Trump and his border wall

FAIR: It's do or die for Trump and his border wall

Darren Sullivan
December 14, 2018

President Trump reportedly "stormed out" of the Oval Office after his media showdown with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

"I will be the one to shut it down", Trump said Tuesday at a contentious White House meeting with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

He said that the Democrats have always been supportive of "walls and fences" on the US-Mexico border but now when he wants to build a wall they refuse. He ended the argument by saying he was willing to make good on his repeated threat to shut down the federal government over the issue. Schumer accused Trump of throwing a "temper tantrum" during the meeting, while Pelosi dared Trump to "do it" and press ahead with the shutdown.

Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a measure 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.

Pelosi had previously said that seeking Trump's tax returns would be one of the Democratic-led House's priorities.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Another very bad terror attack in France".

The president and top opposition congressional leaders had been meant to hold a reassuring Oval Office photo-op. Under the terms of the agreement that were reached, the top three posts in Democratic senior leadership would be limited to a three-term tenure.

The key sticking point is how much money Congress should allocate for the President's long-promised wall at the US-Mexico border.

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Less than a day after a gunman shot up a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, President Trump used the news as pretext to issue fresh calls for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

She reiterated Thursday that the president does not have the votes he needs to get the necessary funding for his wall, something she also pointed out to Trump on Tuesday. "This wall thing", said the California congresswoman. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement it was a "constructive dialogue" and said Trump was "grateful" the cameras captured him fighting to protect the border.

Yesterday's meeting, the first in more than a year between Mr Trump and the Democratic leaders, was touted as his last chance to secure funding...

'So I will take the mantle, ' he said.

Trump is "certainly in a tough situation", says Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "We shouldn't shut down the government over a dispute, and you want to shut it down".

Later in the day on Capitol Hill, Ms. Pelosi, according to a Democratic aide, said: "It was so wild".

But the president was unlikely to persuade them to agree to US$5 billion he says is needed to fund heavy construction along the border.