U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of a meeting with top Democratic lawmakers at the White House Wednesday after they again refused his demand for funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to thwart illegal immigration.
Trump on Twitter called his brief discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer "a total waste of time."
The president said he asked them whether they would approve a wall or a steel barrier at the border if he agreed to end the 19-day partial government shutdown and while negotiations on border security are held over the next 30 days. But when "Nancy said, 'NO.' I said, 'Bye-bye,' nothing else works!"