Pence Denies Schumer's Claim of Trump Meeting Outburst: He 'Passed Out Candy'

Border Patrol agents arrest migrants in Arizona after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico

A White House meeting Wednesday between President Donald Trump and his team and congressional leaders quickly devolved into another series of finger pointing as the Situation Room confab ended shortly after it began.

"I think we might work a deal, and if we don't I might go that route", he said.

But she added, "The fact is, the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge - a challenge that President Trump's own cruel and counterproductive policies have only deepened". We can hire the personnel we need to facilitate trade and immigration at the border.

By the end of this workweek, this would become the longest partial government shutdown in US history and many federal workers would miss their first paychecks.

Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration". Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans. "This is why we've increased Customs and Border Protection because this is how you stop the entry of this stuff, not by building walls in places where goats don't even climb and people don't travel". Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that his long-proposed idea for a massive border wall is "medieval"-but he spun that as a positive".

Some of those from the caravans who are still hoping to get into the U.S. watched Trump's address Tuesday on television sets inside shelters in Tijuana, just on the other side of the U.S. -Mexico border.

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Democrats have vowed to block funding for a wall, which they say would be immoral and ineffective, and have called on Trump to reopen shuttered portions of the government while border negotiations continue.

Vice President Mike Pence denied claims by Sen.

Meanwhile, a "zero-tolerance" policy instituted by the Trump administration's Justice Department, which led to almost 2,000 children being temporarily separated from their families after being caught trying to cross the US border, also sparked a national outcry. Critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation. But one person said it was unclear whether Trump was serious or joking. Republicans were expected to join Democrats in voting, defying the plea to stay with the White House. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said she wants border security. It invited representatives from cable news outlets to a White House lunch with Trump ahead of the address, a gesture that is typically reserved for the lead-up to State of the Union speeches.

"The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall", said Mr. Schumer, standing beside Mrs. Pelosi for the televised response to the president's address.

In a pre-emptive move, the White House said Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown. Federal workers are about to miss a paycheck. "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

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