President Trump walks out of shutdown meeting after wall 'tantrum'

Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House

Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday, Trump said: 'The fact is if we don't have barriers, walls - call it what you want - but if we don't have very strong barriers where people cannot any longer drive right across. they have unbelievable vehicles.

"You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo?"

As clips of Trump's claims began circulating online, Twitter users suggested the president may be confusing plot points from action films like Fast and Furious and Mad Max with the situation at the US-Mexico border.

President Donald Trump said "bye-bye" and stormed out of negotiations Wednesday on funding a US-Mexico border wall when Democratic opponents refused to agree to the project.

The president himself has described some migrants in similar terms, saying in May a year ago that: "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals".

He told reporters, "We have to do what's right at our border".

But 'otherwise, ' he warned, 'we'll go about it in a different manner'.

President Donald Trump is seen on monitors in the briefing room of the White House, as he gives a prime-time address in the Oval Office, Jan. 8, 2019.

Vice President Mike Pence said Democrats were "unwilling to even negotiate" an end to the partial government shutdown and the standoff over the wall.

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Asked what Mr Trump had gained by walking out of the talks, Mr Pence said: "I think the President made his position very clear today: that there will be no deal without a wall".

Democrats plan to test Republicans' resolve on the issue by advancing a bill to immediately reopen the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several other agencies that have been partially shut down since December 22.

The National Treasury Employees Union filed suit on Wednesday challenging the administration's authority to force federal employees to work without pay.

But Trump indicated Wednesday on a visit to Republican allies in Congress that he will continue to play hardball.

Asked afterwards if he got the impression in the meeting that the shutdown would end soon, Republican Senator Tim Scott said: "I did not".

Democratic leaders emerged first from a brief discussion at the White House yesterday afternoon to say that the president had a "temper tantrum because he could not get his way. he just walked out of the meeting". "I think most Americans understand that it's purely political".

Pelosi plans more votes this week that one by one would provide money to operate departments ranging from Homeland Security and Justice to State, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor.

The funding fight stems from Congress' inability to complete work by a September 2018 deadline on funding all government agencies. It did, however, appropriate money for about 75 percent of the government on time - mainly military and health-related programs.

The sharp exchanges between the top USA officials occurred during what already is the second longest government shutdown in US history, three days short of the record. Ratings agency Fitch warned that it could cut the USA triple-A sovereign debt credit rating later this year if the shutdown proves prolonged and Congress fails to raise the legal limit on the national debt in a timely manner.

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