Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

American Neo-Gothic? Schumer, Pelosi's Trump Criticism Speech Laughed at Online

American Neo-Gothic? Schumer, Pelosi's Trump Criticism Speech Laughed at Online

The impasse between Congress and the White House appeared to hit another snag Wednesday when Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, calling the discussions a "total waste of time".

During their speech, the two Democrats slammed Trump's alleged obsession with the "ineffective, unnecessary" wall he seeks to build along the US-Mexican border, and likening his actions related to the government shutdown to a "temper tantrum".

And it seems that this development did not escape the watchful eye of political commentator Ben Shapiro as well.

- Ready to make his case on prime-time TV, President Donald Trump is stressing humanitarian as well as security concerns at the U.S. -Mexico border as he tries to convince America he must get funding for his long-promised border wall before ending a partial government shutdown that has hundreds of thousands of federal workers facing missed paychecks.

USA taxpayers will foot the bill for a border wall, White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp acknowledged in an interview on Wednesday. "And there is a real toll for federal workers as this shutdown drags on".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump had a "temper tantrum".

"I'm not optimistic that anything will change [as a result of these speeches]". We can hire the personnel we need to facilitate trade and immigration at the border.

Mrs. Pelosi has called border walls "immoral" and refused to give an inch in negotiations over Mr. Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for new barriers, Border Patrol agents, immigration judges and other tools to stem illegal immigration. "I didn't want this fight", Trump said.

After meeting with Democrats over the weekend, the White House issued a series of budget demands, including a new request for $800,000 for humanitarian needs. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said she wants border security.

"They're all going to get their money and I think they're going to be happy", he said.

The president also remained equally defiant in a lunchtime huddle with Senate Republicans on Wednesday, insisting GOP lawmakers are unified behind him even as some GOP senators push for the shutdown to end. They are particularly concerned about the administration's talk of possibly declaring a national emergency at the border, seeing that as an unprecedented claim on the right of Congress to allocate funding except in the most dire circumstances.

Some of those from the caravans who are still hoping to get into the U.S. watched Trump's address Tuesday on television sets inside shelters in Tijuana, just on the other side of the U.S. -Mexico border.
"Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested a compromise that would include wall funding as well as protecting some immigrants from deportation. Trump interacted with "Angel parents" frequently while he was campaigning for the White House, often invoking their departed sons and daughters during speeches and speaking about the parents on a first-name basis. But one person said it was unclear whether Trump was serious or joking.

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