President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would be “proud” to oversee a government shutdown if Congress fails to authorize funding for a wall along the southern border.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the Oval Office where the four sparred over who would take the blame if lawmakers fail to reach a compromise to keep the government open by December 21.
Pelosi told Trump that “the American people recognize that we must keep the government open… that a shutdown is not worth anything and that we should not have a Trump shutdown.” Pelosi said, “there are no votes in the House… a majority of votes… for a wall.”
Trump replied: “If I needed the votes in the House for a wall I would have them in one session.”
Schumer pushed back against Trump’s history of shutdown threats but was quickly interrupted by the president.
“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other through you or the military or anybody else, yes I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”
Watch the contentious discussion below:
Nevertheless, Pelosi persisted. And it was greatly appreciated.
she persisted. thank you
— Resisting PerSister (@51PercentofUS) December 11, 2018
You are what a leader looks like! Thank you for standing up to this insanity, madam speaker!
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) December 11, 2018
I love how you kept serious in the face of being constantly interrupted. We need more events like this to clearly show the world the truth. Bring it! Proud to be a lifelong Pelosi voter in a red counties of CA!
— Wanda June #GlovesOff (@June4Wanda) December 11, 2018
Thank you, Madame Speaker. Your spine is the one we've been waiting for!
— Catarina (@catrinawilamina) December 11, 2018
Love you Nancy!!! Stand up to Trump. Do what the Republicans won't.
— Mueller Report – Not Barr Report (@FinnRfinn14) December 11, 2018
Pelosi, set to become Speaker of the House for a second time come January, is fully prepared to keep Trump in line.