Pence Denies Schumer's Claim of Trump Meeting Outburst: He 'Passed Out Candy'
Vice President Mike Pence denied claims by Sen. Chuck Schumer that President Trump had a frustrated outburst in their meeting Wednesday to try and resolve the partial government shutdown.
Trump walked out of the meeting with congressional leaders, according to those in attendance, who discussed the shutdown and funding for border security.
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
The meeting comes a day after Trump delivered a prime-time address to the nation, during which he declared the situation at the southern border a "humanitarian and security crisis."
Schumer (N.Y.) claimed in post-meeting press conference that Trump slammed his hand on a table in frustration, and thereafter exited the meeting room.
"Well, the president walked into the room and passed out candy. It was true," Pence said. "I don't recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) echoed Pence's account of the meeting, adding that Democratic leaders "want to just argue."
He said that Schumer's description of the meeting was "totally different" than what actually happened.
"The way to come out to this floor and talk about a meeting in a manner that did not take place in there is disturbing to me," he said. "People are hurting. So I tell the Democrats, get back into the room. Let's not leave, let's solve this problem. Just as the president said, it doesn't even take 45 minutes."
The president will also travel to the southern Texas border on Thursday, and has told congressional leaders that the government shutdown could last as long as his demands for border security aren't met.