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Meeting to end the shutdown fails

On Wednesday, President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Congressional leaders after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told him she would not vote to fund the border wall, even if the government reopened.

Trump and the Dems each blamed the other side

In a tweet following the meeting, Trump called it “a total waste of time” and accused the Dems of being unwilling to negotiate. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters, “we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way.”


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Mother Jones: Schumer: President Stormed Out of Shutdown Talks in a “Temper Tantrum”

The left echo Pelosi and Schumer's response: the government remains shut down because the president is unwilling to compromise. Articles point out that the president said he would be “proud” to own the shutdown – and that the shutdown began when the Republicans held control of both houses of Congress and the presidency. To the left, Trump is being “petulant” and had a “temper tantrum.”


Daily Caller: Trump Makes a Shutdown Demand to Pelosi, Schumer — Their Response Makes Him Get Up and Walk Out

Washington Examiner: 'Bye-bye': Trump walks out of 'waste of time' meeting with Schumer, Pelosi

The right echo Trump’s response: the government is shut down because the Democrats are unwilling to negotiate. Articles argue that Trump is trying to protect the country and that the Democrats are only resisting for partisan reasons. To the right, Trump “walked out of the meeting,” righteous and in control.

Who’s to blame for the shutdown?

Both sides could offer a compromise. Who will take the blame for the shutdown may be a more important question: a Politico poll showed that 47% of registered voters blame President Trump for the shutdown while 33% blame congressional Democrats.

When Congress has to make bipartisan compromises:



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