President Donald Trump hasn’t been thrilled with how negotiations are going with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
The two sides have been feuding during the partial government shutdown over a plan for funding border security, with Trump demanding border wall funding and Democrats refusing to do so.
Trump met with the Democratic leadership team on Wednesday afternoon, but the two sides didn’t make it very far. According to the president, the meeting started with Pelosi and Schumer declaring that they would not vote to fund a wall, prompting Trump to walk out.
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
In response to their failed meeting, Schumer and Pelosi claimed the president acted out of anger, slamming his hands on the table. Republicans, on the other hand, said it was Schumer who acted out of anger and raised his voice.
.@GOPLeader: "I just listened to Senator Schumer. I know he complained the time that you had cameras in the meeting. I think we need to bring them back. Because what he described the meeting to be is totally different than what took place." pic.twitter.com/4gBgN8s3gt
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 9, 2019
The president took to Twitter on Thursday morning to, again, call out Schumer for what he says was a lie about the meeting.
Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I “slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.” Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
In response to this chaos, Trump took questions from reporters and told them that he a has a better time negotiating trade deals with China than he does with the Democrats.
Watch the video below:
President Trump: "I find China, frankly in many ways, to be far more honorable than cryin' Chuck and Nancy. I really do. I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party." pic.twitter.com/fqMigRbE0H
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 10, 2019
“We have a lot of great things happening. The economy is incredible. We’re negotiating and having tremendous success with China. And I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than cryin’ Chuck and Nancy. I really do. I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.”
As several people noted on social media, this doesn’t seem to be a good sign that the government will fully reopen anytime soon.
This is quite a comment – and doesn’t bode well for any compromise with Democrats anytime soon. https://t.co/YB9gWNQdCF
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 10, 2019
Others weren’t thrilled that the president claimed that the Chinese government was “more honorable” than the Democratic leadership team, given their tendency toward oppression.
Looking forward to Trump defenders…defending this. https://t.co/mnMYNWopMB
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 10, 2019
Either way, the comment makes it clear that the president and Democrats have a long way to go before they will strike a deal on this border security package to end the shutdown.