President Trump sparred with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi Tuesday at a bipartisan meeting on border wall funding. 

With the cameras rolling in the Oval Office, Trump insisted he's willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn't approve funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall.

"If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government," Trump said.

Pelosi and Schumer urged him to continue the discussion in private, but Trump insisted on "transparency" and letting the media see the debate play out live.

"That's not bad, Nancy. It's called transparency," Trump said. 


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Pelosi later said she did not want to call out the president in front of reporters on what she claimed were repeated misstatements about facts and figures.

The compelling 16-minute exchange included several barbs between Trump and his Democratic rivals, with Vice President Mike Pence declining to get involved. 

"Elections have consequences, Mr. President," Schumer told Trump. 

"And that's why the country is doing so well," Trump retorted. 

The president said he would be "proud" to shut down the government in the name of border security. 

Watch the full video above.


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