An Oval Office meeting on whether to include funding for President Donald Trump's border wall in an upcoming congressional budget bill erupted into a tense exchange between Trump and Democrats Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The meeting is the first between the three leaders since the midterm elections, and both Pelosi and Schumer were eager to gloat about the Democrats' November electoral victories.
But Trump had priorities of his own, pressing the pair of Democrats on whether they'd be willing to part with the $5 billion the White House has requested to begin building a massive wall along the United States-Mexico border.
Pelosi eventually threatened her own "Trump shutdown” if the president didn't back down on his request, to which the president tersely replied, "If we don't get what we want, I will shut down the government ... I am proud to shut down the government for border security."
President Trump engages in an Oval Office clash with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi over border security as the shutdown deadline looms— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 11, 2018
Pelosi: "I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press on this" pic.twitter.com/gopvtJKpXO
"We do not want to shut down the government. You have called twenty times to shut down the government. ... We don't," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says to President Trump pic.twitter.com/O5uMHzHgn1— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 11, 2018
President Trump: "I am proud to shut down the government for border security" pic.twitter.com/phEU5AvkAe— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 11, 2018