Vice President Mike Pence says Democrats were “unwilling to even negotiate” an end to the partial government shutdown and the standoff over President Donald Trump’s desire for a border barrier.
Pence spoke outside the West Wing after a contentious meeting Wednesday between Trump and congressional leaders.
Pence says, “I think the president made his position very clear today that there will be no deal without a wall.”
Pence says Trump asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whether she would be willing to agree to funding for a wall or a barrier on the southern border if he re-opened the government quickly.
Pence says, “When she said ‘No,’ the president said ‘Goodbye.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump had a “temper tantrum.” Pence says of the president, “I don’t recall him ever raising his voice.”