“Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way, and he just walked out of the meeting,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after Trump left a meeting about the ongoing government shutdown, according to CNN. When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi responded to a question from Trump by saying that, no, she would not agree to his border wall, Trump decided to storm out of the meeting and then, as usual, turned to Twitter to make complaints. According to CNN:
President Donald Trump walked out of discussions to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, calling discussions with congressional Democrats “a total waste of time.”…”Unfortunately, the President just got up and walked out,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “He asked Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi, ‘Will you agree to my wall?’ She said no. And he just got up and said, ‘Then we have nothing to discuss,’ and he just walked out. Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way, and he just walked out of the meeting.” Pelosi, speaking alongside Schumer outside the White House, said Trump was “insensitive” to federal workers missing pay during the shutdown and alluded to Trump’s own privileged upbringing. “He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for money, but they can’t,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi also said that President Trump doesn’t understand financial insecurity, the financial insecurity faced by 800,000 federal workers without paychecks because of the shutdown. That lack of understanding, and clearly Trump’s unwillingness to understand financial insecurity, is part of what allows him to continue on with his intransigence in his border wall funding demand. One might also add narcissism, unwillingness to absorb facts, and pandering to his base as contributions to that intransigence.
Trump’s bitter sounding tweet after the meeting was “Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
President Trump seems to think that negotiating involves people just caving in to whatever he wants, but of course actual negotiation takes compromise, diplomacy, and respect for the other party, none of which Trump has shown in his presidency so far. Despite his claims of being a consummate deal maker, Trump’s actual behavior shows him to be insulting, unwilling to compromise, petulant, bullying, and woefully ineffective in negotiating, demanding he get his own way and making unilateral decisions without our allies and using executive orders to try to go around Congress. Temper tantrums don’t solve problems.