Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

President Trump speaks from the Oval Office as he gives a prime-time address about border security Tuesday

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People are speaking out, following separate speeches by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

Levin joined Sean Hannity Tuesday evening after Trump's Oval Office address to criticize what they saw as the Democratic Party's seeming about-face regarding support of the border wall and border security.

Trump posted about the meeting to Twitter, calling it a "total waste of time".

Trump meets with Senate Republicans Wednesday on Capitol Hill just hours after he argued on national television that a border wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis".

She said Democrats want to do "as much damage to the president as possible", particularly on the immigration issue.

Hoyer said if Trump follows through on a threat to declare a national emergency and use the military to build the wall without funding from Congress he could be abusing his powers.

Was last night a complete wash that didn't make any sense?

Trump has made his proposed border wall the sole focus of the shutdown: Unless he can secure some $5 billion for the project, he will not agree to any budget proposal that would fully reopen the government.

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Trump spoke Wednesday during an Oval Office bill signing on anti-human trafficking legislation.

Schumer said the shutdown "ought to end now" and warned that federal workers could miss a paycheck without a speedy resolution to the impasse. And that concern was heightened by the decision Tuesday by Trump's re-election campaign to send out fundraising emails and text messages to supporters trying to raise money off the speech.

Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration".

The president often highlights such incidents, though studies over several years have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans. "It's time that you do yours". "At the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall". "They can't watch every inch of the border, so that would help them take more control of the whole situation". "They've voted for border security".

Seeking to keep up pressure on Trump and the Republicans, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen some federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds. If they do, it would be a highly unusual move - Republicans never received equal time after former President Barack Obama's numerous addresses to the nation.

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