Trump publicly brawls with Pelosi and Schumer over wall, says he is proud to shut down Government for border security

A White House reporter says Trump walked into an adjoining room after the meeting, threw a folder of briefing papers across the room and expressed his frustration with Schumer

                            Trump publicly brawls with Pelosi and Schumer over wall, says he is proud to shut down Government for border security

President Donald Trump engaged in a fight with two top Democrat representatives — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer — in front of cameras at an Oval Office meeting about government funding. The meeting was held between the trio as Congress seeks to finalize spending before some Federal Government funding expires on December 21. 

Trump, in a public argument rarely seen in front of cameras, bickered with the Democratic leaders about the funding for his controversial border wall along the southern US border and Mexico. The border wall is one of the Republican's key promises made during his presidential campaign two years ago.

"If we don't get what we want, one way or the other — whether it's through you, through a military, through anything you want to call — I will shut down the Government," Trump said during the meeting.


"I am proud to shut down the Government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country," the president said before reporters left the room.

Pelosi reportedly debriefed her colleagues later of the encounter between them, according to the Washington Post. An aide reportedly said that Pelosi called the border wall a "manhood thing" for Trump.

"It's like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing," Pelosi said, according to the aide. Reports state that she was "trying to be the [mum]" in the room as Trump and Schumer fought over the issue.


"It was so wild," Pelosi divulged. "It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you."

Reports state that while Trump asked for $5 billion for the border wall, Schumer and Pelosi were expected to offer just $1.3 billion for border security in a package in an effort to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security until September 30. The funding the Democrats are said to be offering is less than the $1.6 billion which has been approved by a bipartisan Senate.

Trump, ahead of the meeting with the Democratic leaders, had tweeted: "They [Democrats] want Open Borders for anyone to come in. This brings large-scale crime and disease."

Pelosi, in the middle of the argument, had said: "I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press on this." However, Trump interjected saying: "We're doing this in a very friendly manner."

White House reporter Eli Stokols, while speaking on MSNBC’s Hardball Tuesday Night, said that he heard the meeting frustrated the {resident, who had not followed the plan briefed by his aides earlier.

"This was supposed to be a short photo opp, as these pool sprays often are, just to give a picture of the President working with the Democrats, the incoming House majority, and trying to get a deal done. And then they’re supposed to leave," Stokols said.

He added, "Well, as you know, the President likes to sometimes keep the cameras in the room. Pelosi was… trying to help him say we’ll talk when the cameras have left, but it sort of spiraled out of control."

"And when the President left after Pelosi and Schumer left, a number of people saw him, he stormed out of the Oval, walked into an ante-room just off the Oval Office, and had in his hand a folder of briefing papers. And he just scattered them out of frustration, threw them across the room, and expressed frustration to the people who were present, mainly with Chuck Schumer," Stokols added.