'He Thinks They Can Just Ask Their Father for Money': Pelosi Blasts Trump After Shutdown Mtg Walk-Out
In a tweet, Trump said he left the meeting because Pelosi was unwilling to negotiate border control within 30 days if he were to allow for opening up the full federal government.
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
During a press conference, Pelosi said that Trump is "insensitive" to the plight of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay.
"He thinks maybe they can just ask their father for more money. But, they can't," she said.
Shepard Smith noted the line was an apparent reference to Trump's own familial wealth.
The president's late father, Frederick Trump Sr., was a wealthy outer-borough developer in New York City, and young Donald had already amassed a several-million-dollar fortune before he was a teenager.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) echoed Pelosi, saying Trump threw a "temper tantrum" in the Oval Office.
The Brooklyn lawmaker called his former crosstown neighbor Trump "cruel" and "callous."
"The president just got up and walked out," Schumer said.
During an opposing press conference by Republicans, South Dakota Sen. John Thune -- the GOP whip -- said members of his party came to the meeting hoping to negotiate in "good faith."
Thune and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana blasted Pelosi and Schumer's account of the meeting.