Trump stormed out of the meeting with Democrats after just 30 minutes.
Exhibiting every bit of business acumen that led to multiple failed businesses, Trump stormed out of shutdown negotiations with Democratic leaders after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi adamantly refused to provide money for a border wall.
According to a CBS reporter, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Trump slammed a table and walking out of a meeting after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said no to funding a border wall. "Then we have nothing to talk about," Schumer quoted Trump as saying.
The meeting reportedly only lasted 30 minutes.
"We saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way," Schumer added.
In a nationally televised White House meeting in December, Trump boasted that he would be "proud" to own the current shutdown if Democrats refused to pay a $5 billion ransom for a border wall. But ever since Trump shut down the government, he has refused to engage in good-faith negotiations with Democrats, exemplified by his latest tantrum-like behavior.
Moments after the meeting ended, a petulant Trump sent out a childish tweet calling the meeting "a total waste of time." He confirmed Schumer's assessment of the meeting, saying, "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 [Pelosi] said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"
The shutdown started while Republicans still controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House. Once Speaker Pelosi took over the House, she immediately led that chamber to passing bills to reopen the government. But Trump's unhealthy obsession with a border wall, aided by a complicit Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has kept the government closed for 18 days.
While Trump is busy throwing tantrums, 800,000 federal workers are unable to collect paychecks, causing real economic anxiety. In addition, air travel is less safe and thousands of families could face eviction due to lack of funding for certain housing programs.
But rather than work with Democrats to end the shutdown, Trump is carrying on like a sleep-deprived toddler.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.