Trump spars with Schumer and Pelosi in Oval Office meeting
Our live coverage of President Trump's meeting with top House and Senate Democrats has ended. Scroll through the posts below to see how it all unfolded.
After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi left a contentious meeting with President Trump at the White House, she returned to Capitol Hill and spoke to members at a closed meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee.
According to an aide in the room, Pelosi said she was "trying to be the mom" in the meeting with Trump.
"You can’t let him take you down that path," Pelosi said, according to an aide in the room. "But the fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at his weekly press conference that he is hopeful Democrats and President Trump can cut a deal before Christmas, despite the rhetoric we just heard at the Oval Office.
McConnell said he believes there can still be a “Christmas miracle.”
What happened earlier today: Trump clashed with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over funding for his border wall. The President threatened to shut down the government if funding for his border wall is not included in the government spending package.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a private reception for departing House members Tuesday afternoon that President Trump’s remarks at the White House earlier amounted to a “tirade," a person who was in the room told CNN.
This is similar to what she said publicly, but it shows how Democrats viewed the meeting as off-the-rails.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders just released a readout of the meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
In the statement, Sanders called the meeting a "constructive dialogue." She said the President was "grateful for the opportunity to let the press" into the meeting.
"Major disagreement remains on the issue of border security and transparency," the readout read.
Here's the full statement:
"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. Illegal immigration is deeply unfair to American workers, wage-earners, and taxpayers — costing billions of dollars and thousands of innocent lives. So far, the Democrat Party has made clear they would rather keep the border open than the government open. President Trump was grateful for the opportunity to let the press into the meeting so that the American People can see firsthand that while Republicans are fighting to protect our border, Democrats are fighting to protect illegal immigrants. This administration will always put Americans first.
We will continue to pursue real solutions to defend our nation and uphold our laws — and hope Democrats will work with us in a bipartisan fashion to do so. A nation without borders is no nation at all.”
Vice President Mike Pence told CNN the atmosphere in the closed portion of the meeting between President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was “very candid."
Pence described the overall meeting as a “good discussion” and said that “it went on quite a while after” the cameras left.
He spoke with reporters briefly as he entered a lunch with Senate Republicans.
Reporters just asked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer what he thought of the extraordinary meeting with President Trump.
"I think the President showed what he really thinks. He wants to shut down the government," Schumer said.
Asked if Schumer was expecting that reality TV atmosphere, he said no, "We were not expecting it.”