Trump Denies He Slammed Table During Shutdown Meeting: ‘I Don’t Have Temper Tantrums’
While speaking with reporters outside of the White House, President Donald Trump denied the reports and stories of him slamming the table during his meeting with Democratic lawmakers in an attempt to end the partial government shutdown on Wednesday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) accused Trump of having a temper tantrum after the meeting had ended shorted than expected.
“And he just got up and said, ‘Then we have nothing to discuss,’ and he just walked out,” Schumer told reporters outside the West Wing on Wednesday. “Again we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way and just walked out of the meeting. I asked him to open up the government.”
Trump said the media should give the Democrats “pinocchios” because temper tantrum reports are a lie.
“Well the news incorrectly reported, because I said, ‘Well, if we go back and everything is peachy dory and you say we’ll talk over thirty days, at the end of thirty days are you going to give us great border security, which includes a wall or a steel barrier, she said no,” Trump said. “I didn’t pound the table, I didn’t raise my voice. That was a lie.”
He added if they would have asked anybody else in the room, such as Vice President Mike Pence or House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), they would have said the same.
“I don’t have temper tantrums, I really don’t,” Trump continued. “But it plays to a narrative, but it’s a lie.”
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