There seems to be no end in sight over the lingering US government shutdown after President Donald Trump stormed out of a meeting with top Democrats over funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border.
According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Trump said ‘bye-bye’ and walked out of the meeting after they said they would not fund a border wall if he ended the shutdown.
“He asked (House) Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi, ‘Will you agree to my wall?’ She said no,” Schumer told reporters outside the White House.
“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.”
Trump had earlier faced the US Congress on Tuesday and asked to be given the sum of $5.7 billion (4.5 billion pounds) this year to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
He however stopped short of declaring a national emergency to pay for the wall with military funds.
The US President also added during a prime-time televised speech, that there was a growing security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border with illegal immigrants and drugs flowing across the southern border which posed serious threat to American safety.