When Trump surrendered the floor to Pelosi, she immediately invoked the subject of a government shutdown, saying the American people recognize that we must keep the government open - as if that, and not border security, were the overriding issue - and warning, "You should not have a Trump shutdown". Also note: Pelosi drew first blood, and it was deliberate. Trump, though, has insisted Mexico would pay.
Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign promising American voters that Mexico would somehow pay for the construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a demand that angered Mexican officials but enthralled his supporters.
Earlier this week in a meeting with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Trump claimed that he would "shut down the government" on December 21 over border security if Congress does not approve $5 billion in funding for a border wall.
In a tweet Tuesday, the president said despite the large caravans forming and heading to the USA, migrants have not been able to get through because of the "newly built walls and fences". In other words, "You're lying, President Trump, because you won't agree to our partisan version of reality".
"Things aren't getting better, they're probably getting worse", he said, adding that a local priest successfully got the Mexican federal government to halt a city order that the caravan vacate the town this week.
"We have not discussed that issue, in any conversation ..." "It's not transparency when we're not stipulating to a set of facts", Pelosi responded. "I need you to give me great understanding and wisdom, Lord, '" Pelosi added, NBC News said. This is the same logic by which leftists ban expression of opinions that don't agree with theirs.
Just as the mood was beginning to soften, Schumer again turned to Trump and accused him of wanting to shut the government down, and again Trump denied it.
"Mr. President: If you say Mexico is going to pay for the wall (which I don't believe), then I guess we don't have to! A Trump temper tantrum and shutdown threat isn't going to change any minds here in Congress".
A man looks hrough the U.S. -Mexico border wall in Playas de Tijuana, in northwestern Mexico, on November 18. "Some of what I'm hearing on the Hill is that we might be more likely to have a CR on all seven bills that goes until the end of September".