During a contentious and unexpected televised exchange between Donald Trump and incoming Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the White House Tuesday morning, Pelosi directly confronted Trump over his proposed Mexico "border wall," while Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer and Trump snapped at each other — with Trump even claiming in the closed-door portion of the meeting that Mexico would, as Trump promised on the 2016 campaign trail, somehow pay for the wall's construction, as the Inquisitr reported.
But the public section of the meeting between Trump and the two top congressional Democrats contained some extraordinary scenes, documented in a Washington Post report, including Trump declaring that he would be "proud" to shut down the government if Congress refuses to approve funding for the border wall, Schumer accusing Trump of throwing "a temper tantrum," and the 78-year-old Pelosi scolding the 72-year-old Trump.
"Don't characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats who just won a big victory," Pelosi admonished Trump, after Trump had alluded to her recent internal fight with a faction of House Democrats who had attempted to remove her as speaker.
Following the meeting in which the Democrats appeared to get the better of him, "Trump appeared upset after leaving the meeting, flicking a folder and sending its papers flying out," The Los Angeles Times reported.
When she returned to Capitol Hill, according to a separate Post report, she told Democratic leaders in a private meeting that the border wall issue is "like a manhood thing for him."