President Trump invited Chuck and Nancy into the oval office today to get to work on a bipartisan budget solution. It was productive and the meeting was filmed and made great political theater.
Trump is not bluffing and he wants funds for his wall and the Democrats are desperate to avoid a shutdown while also appeasing their base.
They cannot do both and Nancy will learn the hard way that Trump is a deal maker and when you are making a deal you do not stab the other guy in the back during the process.
And you certainly do not insult the sitting President of the United States of America in such a vicious and nasty way and expect to make a deal.
From Politico: Minutes after a very public showdown with Donald Trump over his border wall with Mexico, the California Democrat returned to the Capitol and railed against the president in a private meeting with her colleagues.
Trump “must have said the word ‘wall’ 30 times,” the House minority leader said, according to multiple sources in the room.
“I was trying to be the mom,” she added, but “it goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”
And then, Pelosi went for the most sensitive part of Trump’s ego.
“It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him,” she deadpanned. “This wall thing.”
From The Hill: President Trump on Tuesday engaged in an extraordinary argument with Democratic congressional leaders over his demand for border-wall funding, threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the money.
“I will be the one to shut it down,” he told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the White House.
During the contentious meeting in the Oval Office, Pelosi (D-Calif.) repeatedly asked Trump not to discuss the funding request in front of the news media.
“You will not win,” Pelosi told Trump.
The meeting was scheduled to be closed to the press but the White House unexpectedly opened it to reporters just as Pelosi and Schumer were arriving at the White House.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 11, 2018