Tucker Carlson said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer "never hated anything in his whole life" more than being berated by President Trump during a tense back-and-forth on border wall funding.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence invited Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss border security and an impending government shutdown thus far scheduled for 11:59 PM ET on December 21.

Schumer told Trump that studies show a wall would not work well as a border security measure, and implied that Trump was being reckless in inviting a government shutdown at least "20 times" in recent weeks.

The two New York politicians sparred for several minutes on the topic.

"One thing I think we can agree on is that we shouldn't shut down the government over a dispute," Schumer said to the Queens Republican.

Trump disagreed and turned to the Brighton Beach Democrat and said, "The last time, Chuck, you shut it down. I don't want to do what you did."

"No, no, no," Schumer said. After a few seconds of tense crosstalk, Trump again faced Schumer and said, "you want to know something, you want to put that on [me]. I'll take it."


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"I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. The people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems -- and drugs," Trump said.

Schumer briefly turned away from Trump, nodded several times and gesticulated with his hands.

"If body language is any indication, Chuck Schumer has never hated anything in his whole life more than he hated that moment you just saw," Carlson said of the episode.

Carlson added that most of the time in Washington, politicians try to deflect blame for situations that may end in bad optics -- but not Trump in this regard.

"[Trump] said he would be proud to take responsibility for the government shutting down, because a wall is too important."

Carlson said the current showdown is the "final chance" for Trump to get the border wall constructed, as Democrats will take over the House in 2019.

Watch the full clip above, which includes Tucker debating the issue with former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein.


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