President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) met in the Situation Room on Wednesday to negotiate a way to end the partial government shutdown, addressing Trump's request for $5 billion to build a border wall. Trump walked out of the meeting after Pelosi said she would not support a wall, said Schumer. The president confirmed as much in a tweet, writing that the meeting was "a total waste of time." Pelosi called the stunt a "temper tantrum," and alluded to tension during the sitdown. The shutdown has continued for 18 days, and Trump said in an address on Tuesday that the wall is "absolutely critical" to national security, claiming it would "very quickly pay for itself" by keeping drugs out of the country. Schumer and Pelosi said it's time for Trump to "stop manufacturing crises and reopen the government."
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