For Trump, reaching an agreement with the Democrats is "a total waste of time"
The U.S. president doubles down on his latest tantrum by leaving the negotiating table with Democratic leaders on Wednesday after receiving "No" for an answer.
The government will remain closed, Democrats will continue denying funds for a border wall, and President Trump will continue having tantrums.
This is the country's political reality.
After inviting Democratic leaders to try to reach an agreement to reopen the government this Wednesday, Trump again found that Congress would not agree to finance his wall.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer insisted that the priority should be to reopen the government before discussing an agreement on border security. When the president again demanded the billions of dollars for his wall, the Democrats said "No", to which Trump responded by leaving the room.
"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy. A total waste of time," he wrote on his Twitter account. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a wall or steel barrier? Nancy said NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" he added.
For his part, Schumer explained the media the president's way of ending the meeting: "he again had a tantrum".
Subsequently, legislators from both parties faced off, deflecting blame before the media in the White House, without making clear what will happen next.
Though the president had previously met with GOP representatives to strengthen alliances, the polarization of the border issue has put the party in the middle, which has apparently lost the president support.
According to the Washington Post, Republican senator from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, and Republican Susan Collins of Maine urged the president to reopen the government, arguing that, “people are starting to feel those consequences.”
For his part, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, will hold a meeting at the end of the day "to see if there is a broader immigration agreement that can be achieved between Trump and the Democratic leaders," Politico explained, while the president continues to threaten to declare a national emergency in order to get his funds through the Pentagon.