Donald Trump has denied the Democrats’ report of a fiery meeting about the US-Mexico boundary yesterday.
The President slammed his hands on a desk and stormed out of a White House meeting aimed at resolving the continuing partial government shutdown yesterday, calling it”a entire waste of time”, based on Senator Chuck Schumer’s version of events.
“He couldn’t get his way and that he walked out of this meeting,” Mr Schumer said. “(Trump) slammed the table… He just walked out and said,’We have nothing to talk’.”
It was also claimed that he was”constantly talking over” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi throughout the get-together.
But taking to Twitter this afternoon, Mr Trump hit back at”Cryin Chuck” and deemed the Senator a liar.
“Cryin Chuck told his favourite lie when he utilized his regular sound bite that I’slammed the dining table & walked from the room. He had a temper tantrum,”’ that the President tweeted. “Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy explained no to appropriate Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and abandoned, no slamming!
He recovered on occasions, telling reporters in Texas:”I don’t have temper tantrums.”
Mr Trump said:”If you ask Mike Pence — I want to just tell you some thing, I very calmly said,’In case you are not going to give us strong boundaries, bye-bye,’ and I left. I didn’t rant. I didn’t rave like you reported.”
He added:”I very calmly walked out of the room. I didn’t crush the table I need to have, but that I did not smash the table.”
After the interview, Vice President Mike Pence denied Mr Schumer’s claims, saying Mr Trump never raised his voice or slammed his hand on the table.
“Not only was that the President unpresidential – surprise, surprise – yesterday in his behavior, I think the meeting was a setup, so that he could walk out, but I will say just that,” she said.
“I do not even know that the President needs the wall, I think he simply wants to debate on the wall.”
“Walking off” is a company tactic Mr Trump has shared several times throughout his career. In 2014, he tweeted that the”best deals you may make would be the ones you walk away from”.
“Know when to walk away from the table,” he tweeted July 2011, quoting from his 1987 novel The Art Of The Deal
The border conflict comes as senators in South Dakota have passed a resolution advocating structure of a steel barrier along the US-Mexico border.
The Republican-dominated room voted 28-5 on Thursday for the measure as the federal government shutdown looks set to exceed three weeks, possibly beating Bill Clinton’s record shutdown of 21 days in 1995/1996.
In a national crisis, Mr Trump ought to be able to draft in defence division tools to build the wall, but this is likely to face a major court challenge.
Before departing the White House to get Capitol Hill, the President told reporters that if Congress would not consent to his demand for $5.7 billion ($A8 billion) boundary wall funding,”we’ll go about it in another way”.
He said he had the”complete right to do a national emergency if I need”, and that his threshold”would be if I can’t make a bargain with people who are unreasonable”.
The Democrats are only willing to provide $US1.3 billion for border protection, such as surveillance and fencing, and known as the wall”immoral” and unnecessary.
Asked how long he was ready to allow the shutdown continue, Mr Trump replied:”Whatever it takes.”
The partial government shutdown is creating deep divisions within an already ruptured Congress, with a few Republicans prepared to vote against Mr Trump about the border wall.