U.S. President, top Democrats clash on border wall in rare Oval Office fight

Vastavam web: U.S. President Donald Trump openly sparred about government funding with the top two Democratic lawmakers during an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month. In a remarkable public argument, the likes of which is seldom seen before cameras, Trump bickered with U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about funding for the wall he has promised to build on the southern border with Mexico.

“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,” he said before reporters left their ringside seats. Congress is seeking to finalise spending before some federal government funding expires on Dec. 21. While Trump’s fellow Republicans control both the House and the Senate until next month, Democratic support is needed to pass any spending legislation.

The meeting did not last long after reporters were ushered out of the Oval Office. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement it was a “constructive dialogue” and said Trump was “grateful” the cameras captured him fighting to protect the border. Back on Capitol Hill, Schumer accused Trump of throwing a tantrum.

After the meeting, the Democratic House fundraising arm immediately sent out an email asking supporters for money. Pelosi, who told reporters she thought the Democrats had left things “in a pretty good place,” said she had prayed with Trump during the private session, recounting the biblical story of King Solomon asking God for wisdom.