Trump walks out of shutdown meeting, calling talks 'total waste of time'

Jan 10, 2019, 00:59
Trump walks out of shutdown meeting, calling talks 'total waste of time'

Did Trump's Oval Office address on Tuesday change any minds?

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer accused the President of having a temper tantrum during the meeting.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump had offered to erect a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall along the border to iron out differences with Democrats over the issue which has resulted in a partial government shutdown for over a fortnight. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans.

Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall.

Trump wrote. He called the meeting a "waste of time". It could also provide an easy, face-saving path from the political quagmire, though Democrats have said they would challenge an emergency declaration in court.

"As for the trade deal he mentioned with Mexico, which he said would pay for the wall, that trade deal is not yet complete".

In 2006, senators Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden voted in favour of 700 miles (1,120km) of fencing on the almost 2,000-mile border under the Secure Fence Act.

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And the fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government.

"How much more American blood will be shed before Congress does its job?" Mr Trump invited leading lawmakers from both parties to the White House for talks.

On Thursday he heads to the south-western border. After taking control of the House of Representatives last week, they passed a two-bill spending package that included more than $1.3bn for border security measures that do not include a wall.

Mr Trump's decision to use peak television airtime shows he is trying to reach beyond his base to garner support.

The President has chosen fear. The "Abolish ICE" movement has gained currency in numerous NY social circles she now represents in the House and on social media.

He concluded: "The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall".

"This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border", he added.

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Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters he was "disappointed" that Democrats were "unwilling to engage in good faith negotiations".

It seems unlikely that the president said anything on Tuesday that will move the needle with the public at large.

The president's choice of a primetime national address had been much maligned by many in the political establishment.

One possible if temporary solution is individually funding parts of the government that are now without money - action that James Clyburn, a top House Democrat, said would get underway Wednesday in the Democratic-controlled chamber.

Trump has promised to keep it partially closed until Congress approves almost $6 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

Her fellow Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Cory Gardner of Colorado, issued similar appeals last week. But recent years have seen an uptick in asylum seekers fleeing Honduras and other Central American countries and arriving at the US border. We want to start with the facts. But he took little action to get it built during his first two years in office.

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