Last night, during his tepid and half-awake televised speech, Donald Trump announced that he would be meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer today to discuss his failed government shutdown and imaginary border wall. There was no reason to expect the meeting to go well for Trump. As it turns out, it went so badly, Trump ended up throwing a physical tantrum during the meeting.
After the meeting, Chuck Schumer told a group of assembled reporters that after Nancy Pelosi refused to cave to Donald Trump’s wall funding demands, Trump slammed his fist on the table and stormed out. This is an alarming tantrum even by his standards. It gets even stranger.
Donald Trump posted this tweet about the meeting: “Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” The Washington Post then confirmed that, according to a Democrat aide in the room, Donald Trump really did say “bye-bye” before he stormed out.
This wasn’t the only part of Donald Trump’s meltdown today. He met with reporters while the cameras were rolling, and ended up telling off ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl. Trump kept asking Karl how he should handle the shutdown, and then yelled this at him: “Would you do that if you were in my position? Because if you would do that, you should never be in this position, because you’d never get anything done.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report