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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media while President Donald Trump looks on at the U.S. Capitol after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump met with GOP lawmakers to shore up their resolve and support for his proposed border wall with Mexico as the partial federal government shutdown drags into a third week.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media while President Donald Trump looks on at the U.S. Capitol after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump met with GOP lawmakers to shore up their resolve and support for his proposed border wall with Mexico as the partial federal government shutdown drags into a third week. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Thinks Federal Workers Can 'Just Ask Their Father for More Money,' Says Pelosi. 'But They Can't.'

In latest 'temper tantrum,' added Chuck Schumer, president simply walked out of shutdown negotiation meeting

Common Dreams staff

In what Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described as the latest "temper tantrum" by the nation's most powerful elected official, President Donald Trump simply walked out of a White House meeting on Wednesday afternoon after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she would not grant him the funding he has requested for the wall he wants built along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Watch:

Pelosi said the president appeared to be "insensitive"—or have no understanding about—the predicament that the government shutdown is having on furloughed federal employees and those working without pay.

"He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money," Pelosi said, referring to the president's understanding of the financial insecurity of federal workers. "But they can't."

Meanwhile, in a tweet, Trump confirmed that he just said "bye-bye" and left the room when Pelosi gave him an answer he didn't like. The president called the meeting a "total waste of time."

A more complete version of the Democratic leadership's post-meeting remarks follows:

The latest failed meeting between Trump and the Democratic leadership comes as dozens of unions are set to hold a rally in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to highlight the deep financial pain the president's "senseless and manufactured" shutdown has caused for hundreds of thousands of workers and demand that the government be reopened immediately.

In addition to the economic impact Trump's shutdown has had on federal employees, a Public Citizen report published Wednesday detailed how the lapse in federal funding has also seriously endangered crucial consumer, health, and safety protections.

"It's a crisis alright," declared Public Citizen's Rick Claypool, the author of the analysis. "This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I'm sure more ugly details will emerge if the Trump shutdown continues. And the longer it continues, the worse this crisis for consumer and worker safety will get."


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'We WILL Fight Back': Outrage, Resolve as Protests Erupt Against SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Demonstrators took to the streets Friday to defiantly denounce the Supreme Court's right-wing supermajority after it rescinded a constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history.

Brett Wilkins ·


80+ US Prosecutors Vow Not to Be Part of Criminalizing Abortion Care

"Criminalizing and prosecuting individuals who seek or provide abortion care makes a mockery of justice," says a joint statement signed by 84 elected attorneys. "Prosecutors should not be part of that."

Kenny Stancil ·


Progressives Rebuke Dem Leadership as Clyburn Dismisses Death of Roe as 'Anticlimactic'

"The gap between the Democratic leadership, and younger progressives on the question of 'How Bad Is It?' is just enormous."

Julia Conley ·


In 10 Key US Senate Races, Here's How Top Candidates Responded to Roe Ruling

While Republicans unanimously welcomed the Supreme Court's rollback of half a century of reproductive rights, one Democrat said "it's just wrong that my granddaughter will have fewer freedoms than my grandmother did."

Brett Wilkins ·


Sanders Says End Filibuster to Combat 'Outrageous' Supreme Court Assault on Abortion Rights

"If Republicans can end the filibuster to install right-wing judges to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats can and must end the filibuster, codify Roe v. Wade, and make abortion legal and safe," said the Vermont senator.

Jake Johnson ·

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