House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi hit back at President Donald Trump after he said that he will shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for his border wall.
In an off-the-rails meeting, that also included Sen. Chuck Schumer, which Pelosi tried in vain to moderate, the president said, “If we don’t get what we want … I will shut down the government.” Trump has unsuccessfully attempted to get funding for his border wall since he came into the presidency.
In a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi told reporters that she’s spoken with Trump but that she and Sen. Schumer are “not in negotiation” about the deal, telling the press, “We’re not going for the $5 billion for the wall. We simply are not.”
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In that Oval Office meeting that pitted Trump — who constantly boasts himself as the ultimate deal-maker — and the Democrats, the president seemed to be getting nowhere. As he demanded funding for his wall, Schumer seemed to shrug it off and never indicated that he intends to change his mind. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence sat motionless and silent beside the president.
The government is currently funded through December 21, but if Trump is unable to make a deal with the Democrats (whom he needs), the federal government will shut down. This would be the third time this year that the government has closed due to funding disagreements. There were two shutdowns in February.
Trump’s deal-making abilities have been flimsy at best, at least within his own government. And they’re about to be tested a lot more with the Democrats in control of the House. Trump has said that he will work with them, but if his latest meeting with Schumer and Pelosi is any indication, it’s going to be a long few years for the White House.