Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer accused the US President of throwing a “temper tantrum” during the meeting in the White House and asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to walk the president back.
Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi engaged in a verbal confrontation with President Trump during the broadcasted meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, during which the president said he would take the “mantle” for a partial government shutdown, the Hill reported.
Schumer also called Trump’s remarks “astounding” and accused him of holding the government “hostage” over the border wall and his advisers of keeping him in a “cocoon” of false information.
He added that McConnell has an “obligation” to walk Trump away from a shutdown and accept the offer as it is now.“I hope that’s not where we end up. I understand it was a rather spirited meeting,” McConnell told reporters when asked by about Trump’s threat.