Despite all that, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described the conversation as “constructive dialogue.”
“President Trump had a constructive dialogue with Democrat Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” Sanders said in a statement after the meeting. “The president and the Democrat Leaders agreed to support the passage of historic criminal justice reform, and discussed significant progress with the farm bill. Major disagreement remains on the issue of border security and transparency. Walls work – where walls have been built, illegal crossings have dropped substantially. President Trump made clear that any government funding measure must include responsible border security, including a wall, to protect the American people from drugs, crime, terrorism, public health threats, and the severe straining of the social safety net.”
There were warning signs the meeting might not go well.
Mr. Trump fired off a series of tweets Tuesday morning blasting Democrats and urging them to secure the border. Mr. Trump claimed Democrats “for strictly political reasons and because they have been pulled so far left, do NOT want Border Security.”
“I look forward to my meeting with Chuck Schumer & Nancy Pelosi. In 2006, Democrats voted for a Wall, and they were right to do so. Today, they no longer want Border Security. They will fight it at all cost, and Nancy must get votes for Speaker. But the Wall will get built,” the president tweeted.
Earlier this year when the president met with Schumer behind closed doors,of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in exchange for border wall funding. Mr. Trump ultimately rejected that. The government shut down.
Arden Farhi contributed to this report.