House Minority Leader is calling for cameras to film future meetings with Democrats after he claims they lied about Wednesday’s border security meeting with President Trump.
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JUST IN: Pres. Trump tweets meeting with Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer was "a total waste of time."
— ABC News (@ABC) January 9, 2019
McCarthy responded to Schumer’s reported lies.
Town Hall reported that GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy helped lead a press conference shortly afterward, attempting to “clarify” just about everything the Democrats said. Standing beside Vice President Mike Pence, McCarthy gave his side of the story. Trump welcomed the Democrats into the room, he said, and asked them to present their deal to him. The president even brought candy, McCarthy quipped.
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The way that Democrats just behaved in our meeting at the @WhiteHouse is embarrassing. They need to get back into the room and get serious about solving the crisis at the border. pic.twitter.com/yC0FQ3Y2xG
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 9, 2019
President Trump also responded in a tweet on Thursday.
Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I “slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.” Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
According to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the ones who acted stubborn and intransigentduring a meeting held Wednesday afternoon at the White House in regard to the ongoing government shutdown were congressional Democrat leaders, not President Donald Trump.
This version of events contradicts the version outlined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a press conference held outside the White House immediately after the meeting.
According to Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the president had a “temper tantrum” and refused to negotiate with them over putting a halt to the ongoing shutdown.
Speaking with reporters immediately following the press conference held by the congressional Democrat leaders, McCarthy suggested that these claims were bald-faced lies.
complained about the presence of cameras for reasons that remain unclear.
Dovetailing back to Wednesday’s meeting, not only did the president start it by handing out candy to everybody — this has been confirmed by various media outlets — but he made it abundantly clear that he wanted to “get this solved,” according to McCarthy.
“I want to turn the floor over, the president said, to Speaker Pelosi and Schumer,” the House minority leader recalled. “Tell us what offer you have. … She began to argue whether we even had a crisis or whether facts are true. [She] turned to Schumer, again, who said, we just have to open the government up. The president would go back and forth in a negotiation, in a very respectful way.”
Meanwhile, Schumer allegedly continued to raise his voice in growing anger.
“The president then turned to the speaker and politely asked her, OK, Nancy, if we open the government up in 30 days, could we have border security? She raised her hand and said no, not at all. The president calmly said, I guess you’re still not wanting to deal with the problem,” McCarthy said.