Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters Tuesday after an explosive meeting in the White House with President Trump. 

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 have the discussion in private, but Trump insisted on "transparency" and letting the media see the debate. 


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Speaking after the meeting, Pelosi said she wants transparency, but did not want to call out the president for what she claimed were repeated misstatements on facts and figures during the meeting. 

"We didn't want to contradict the president when he was putting forth figures that had no reality to them, no basis in fact," said Pelosi, arguing the debate must be centered around "truthful information about what works and what doesn't."

"I didn't want to, in front of all those people, say 'you don't know what you're talking about,'" the soon-to-be House Speaker said. 

Sen. Schumer blasted the Trump administration for requesting billions more for border security, despite the fact that only 6 percent of the $1.3 billion from last year has been spent. 

Pelosi said the Republicans still control all three branches and a shutdown can be avoided before the Dec. 21 deadline. Schumer said the "bottom line" is that Trump wants a shutdown over $5 billion for the border wall. 

"Americans know that the wall, not paid for by Mexico anymore, is not the way to border security and the experts say that," he said. 

Watch the clips above. 


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