Letter To The Editor: Government Shutdown Talks – A Better Story

By MARY SNOW
Los Alamos
 
Jan. 10, BBC published a more impartial and accurate story about the meeting between the Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump [see link] than I have seen from any other reports on the meeting by US media.
 
The direct quotes from the BBC article in this section cover most of the article:
 
President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a partial US government shutdown.
 
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his US-Mexico border wall, prompting Mr. Trump to call the meeting “a total waste of time”
 
Democrats again accused the president of throwing a “temper tantrum”
 
How did the meeting go?
 
It was certainly brief, at only 14 minutes.
 
The president hosted the Democratic leaders in the Situation Room, the conference centre in the West Wing basement.
 
Mr Trump posed a direct question to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about whether she would fund the wall. His tweet following the meeting reflected the outcome of that – he said “bye-bye” and left:
 
Mr Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, confirmed the exchange, saying: “He [Mr Trump] asked Speaker 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.”
 
Mr Schumer reportedly asked Mr Trump: “You are using people as leverage; why won’t you open the government and stop hurting people?”
 
A White House official told the New York Times Mr Trump had said: “I am trying to do the right thing for the country. This isn’t about politics.”
 
Mr Schumer also said Mr Trump had “slammed the table” – prompting an angry response from the president denying it and insisting he had been polite.
 
End quotes.
 
In reference to the last sentence in the above quotes, the BBC article included the response tweeted by President Trump to Mr Schumer’s statement about President Trump slamming the table.
 
Tweeted response Quote:
 
Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I “slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.” Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!
 
End Quote.
 
The BBC article continues:
 
Quote:
 
Kevin McCarthy, Republican leader in the House of Representatives, said he found the Democrats’ behaviour “embarrassing”. On Tuesday, Mr Trump delivered his first televised Oval Office address to the nation, where he described the border as a humanitarian and security crisis. The Democrats called the president’s claims a fake threat.
 
Where do we go now?
 
Mr Trump is going to the border on Thursday. He will visit a border patrol station in McAllen, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He will get an update on security at what is the busiest section of the border for illegal crossings.
 
End Quote.
 
Since he took office President Trump has worked to deliver on his campaign pledge to build the wall. As included in the quotes above President Trump strongly believes this is the right thing to do for the country.
 
In 1986, while living in Poughkeepsie NY, I first took note of now President Trump when he made an offer to take over the construction of the NYC Central Park Ice Skating Rink.
 
The ice skating rink had fallen into disrepair during the NYC fiscal crisis. The NYC parks department had worked on refurbishment from 1980 and had announced that they needed to start over. Now President Trump then known as “the Donald” completed the job 25% below budget in four months demonstrating his determination to follow through on his commitments [see link].
 
Since that time it has been interesting to follow stories about his career. The TV show The Apprentice provided some interesting insights into his management style, and business perspectives.
 
President Trump intends to make good on his campaign pledge to build the wall because as noted in the BBC article he believes it is the right thing to do for the country.
 
In 2014 President Obama warned about an “actual humanitarian crisis on the border” and urged Congress to take action. [see link]. President Trump will continue to attempt to negotiate with the Democrats as he has been doing since he canceled his Christmas trip to Florida and remained at the White House. Hopefully the Democrats will “come to the table” and negotiate in the near future.
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