Border Wall Showdown Erupts in Oval Office as Schumer, Pelosi Publicly Tussle with Trump
- The first meeting between the President
and Democrat leaders afterthe midterm elections
quickly turned confrontational
over the President's border wall,
raising concerns if the two sides
can reach an agreement toavoid a government shutdown.
- We'd have a Trump shutdown.- A what, did you say Trump?
- [Charlene] A tense andunprecedented meeting
inside the Oval Office.
- You have the White House,
you have the Senate, you havethe House of Representatives.
You have the votes, you should pass it.
- No, we don't have the votes, Nancy.
Because in the Senate we need 60 votes.
- No but in the House.
- And we don't have.
- [Charlene] The main pointsof contention, border security.
President Trump insisting he's willing
to let the government shut down
if Congress doesn't approve full funding
for his southern border wall.
- So the wall would get built
but we may not,
we may not have an agreement today.
We probably won't.
- [Charlene] Trump wants fivebillion dollars for his wall.
Democrats, though areoffering only 1.3 billion.
Pelosi says the governmentis not worth shutting down
over a border wall fight.
But President Trump didn't budge.
- I am proud to shut down the government
for border security.
- [Charlene] RepresentativePelosi lamented
the public squabble butthe President disagreed.
- This is the most unfortunate thing,
we came in here in good faith
and we're entering into
this kind of a discussionin the public view.
- But it's not bad Nancy.
- Let, let us,
no, no but it.- It's called transparency.
- [Charlene] The confrontation highlights
the new reality in Washington
after Democrats took controlof the House in the midterms.
CBN New's Jennifer Wishonsays the border wall battle
is the President's first indication
of what the next two years will be like.
- It's gonna be very hardfor him to get it through
Congress simply because
Congress, the Democratic House,
the new House coming in,does not want to give
the President anythingthat he can celebrate
and campaign on in 2020.
- [Charlene] ThePresident said if Congress
won't build the wall, he mightuse the military to do it.
Later Pelosi and Schumer told reporters
that after the cameras left, they proposed
a package of bills to keepthe government running.
- We hope he'll take it because a shutdown
hurts too many innocent people.
And this Trump Shutdown,this temper tantrum
that he seems to throw,
will not get him his wall
and it'll hurt a lot ofpeople because he will
cause a shutdown.
- The deadline to reach anagreement is December 21st,
just nine day away.
Charlene Aaron, CBN News.