Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talks about budget negotiations with the president in which Trump is threatening to shut down the government if the border wall is not funded. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi publicly debated the president's call to fund a border wall in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
"The president has called for a shutdown at least 20 times since he came into office," Schumer said. "You can add at least five or six more times from our meeting!"
"No president should ever say he would be proud to shut the government down," Schumer said. "No president should so glibly use the American government, and the millions of workers who work so hard, as a bargaining chip. That is where President Trump is headed."
"He has made clear he will hold parts of the government hostage for a petty campaign pledge -- that's all it is," Schumer said about the president's calls to build a wall on the Mexican border. "If President Trump holds to this position, that unless he gets his wall he'll shut down the government, who will suffer needlessly? The American people."