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The president and Democrats have squared off over a request for funding for a wall along the country’s southern border. On Tuesday night, the president addressed the nation, arguing that there was a “crisis” and a wall, or barrier, was necessary.
Democrats offered a rebuttal to the president’s remarks, saying the wall would be ineffective.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pelosi spoke about how federal workers are not receiving paychecks as a result of the shutdown and how the lack of funds will affect their everyday lives.
“The president seems to be insensitive to that. He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for money, but they can’t. They can’t,” she said. “If you don’t understand financial insecurity, you would have a policy that takes pride in saying ‘I’m going to keep government shut down for months, or years, unless you totally agree to my position.'”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump doesn't understand financial insecurity that federal workers face during the shutdown: "He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can’t” pic.twitter.com/PwcUykCXrp— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 9, 2019
The president, in a tweet, called the meeting a “total waste of time.”
“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!” the president wrote.
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
There seems to be some disagreement about what exactly went on during the meeting. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the president brought candy for everyone, according to CNN.
Kevin McCarthy said Schumer mischaracterized Trump's behavior in the meeting. Noted that Trump brought candy, which Schumer DIDN'T EVEN MENTION. pic.twitter.com/yaRs3h9Uhy— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 9, 2019
The government has been partially shut down for 18 days.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).