The news media blew up Wednesday afternoon with claims from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that President Trump threw a “temper tantrum” before storming out of a meeting he was holding with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over the crisis at the southern border.
“He just got up and he said, ‘Then we have nothing to discuss.’ And he just walked out. Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way,” Schumer said, according to the Huffington Post.
Schumer also claimed Trump slammed the table before abruptly ending the meeting, NBC News reported. But House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and Vice President Mike Pence say that is not what happened.
McCarthy told reporters that he wishes there had been cameras in the meeting to show what really took place, adding that what Schumer “described that meeting to be is totally different from what took place.” He noted that Trump started out the meeting by bringing candy for all the leaders gathered.
“‘I want to turn the floor over,’ the president said, ‘to Speaker Pelosi and Schumer. Tell us what offer you have,’” McCarthy recounted.
He said Pelosi “began to argue whether we even have a crisis or whether facts are true.”
Schumer’s response was that “we just have to open the government up.”
McCarthy said the president conducted his back-and-forth negotiation with the Democratic leaders “in a very respectful way.” But he witnessed Schumer, on the other hand, “continue to raise his voice.”
“The president then turned to the Speaker and said, ‘OK, Nancy, if we open the government up in 30 days, could we have border security?’” the GOP leader continued.
“She raised her hand and said, ‘No, not at all,” McCarthy added, imitating Pelosi shaking her finger at Trump.
Then he recalled, “The president calmly said, ‘I guess you’re still not wanting to deal with the problem.’”
McCarthy rebuked Democratic leaders like Schumer and Pelosi, saying, “The way they have displayed and their behavior is embarrassing to me.”
“And...to come out to this floor and talk about a meeting in a manner that did not take place in there is disturbing to me.”
Vice President Mike Pence confirmed McCarthy’s account, saying, "I don't recall him [Trump] ever raising his voice or slamming his hand," The Hill reported.
On Thursday morning, Trump himself called out Schumer, writing on Twitter, "Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I 'slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.' Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!"