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During negotiations over a year-end spending bill, Trump Threatens a Government Shutdown if he does not get his wall.

President Trump sparred in public with top Democrats on Tuesday, declaring he would shut down the U.S. government if the Congress doesn’t fund his proposed border wall, an indication that negotiations over a year-end spending bill would continue without an imminent resolution.

Mr. Trump’s willingness to assume responsibility for a partial government shutdown defied congressional Republicans’ intention to blame the Democrats if it happens. A physical wall at the border with Mexico, a central item in the president’s agenda and rallying-cry for his base, has emerged as the biggest sticking point in the negotiations.

“If we don’t get what we want one way or another, whether it’s through you, through the military, through whatever you want to call, I will shut down the government,” Mr. Trump told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) in the Oval Office.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck.”

Oval Office Debate

The debate is amusing or pathetic, depending in your point of view.

The video is below. Start at about the five minute mark. Pelosi repeatedly moans about the debate being in public. Then Trump gets into it with Schumer at the end.

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Play the final 11 minutes and watch the discussion go straight downhill.

After the meeting Schumer told the press: “We gave the president two ways, each of which will get a majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate and will avoid a shutdown. We hope he’ll take it because a shutdown hurts too many innocent people.”

Mike "Mish" Shedlock