Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer “never hated anything in his whole life” more than being berated by President Trump during an emotional back-and-forth on border wall funding.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence invited Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss border security as well as an impending government shutdown that is presently scheduled for 11:59 PM ET on December 21.
Schumer relayed to Trump that studies show a wall would not be effective as a border security measure, and said that Trump was being reckless by inviting a government shutdown at least “20 times” in recent weeks.
The two New York men went back and forth for several minutes on the topic.
“One thing I think we can agree on is that we shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute,” Schumer said to the presdient.
Trump disagreed and said, “The last time, Chuck, you shut it down. I don’t want to do what you did.”
“No, no, no,” Schumer said. Trump again spoke directly to Schumer and said, “you want to know something, you want to put that on [me]. I’ll take it.”
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. The people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems — and drugs,” Trump said.
Schumer turned away from Trump, nodded several times and gesticulated with his hands.
“If body language is any indication, Chuck Schumer has never hated anything in his whole life more than he hated that moment you just saw,” Carlson said of the episode.
Carlson also said that usually in Washington, politicians try to deflect blame for situations that may end in bad optics — but not Trump in this regard.
“[Trump] said he would be proud to take responsibility for the government shutting down, because a wall is too important.”
Carlson said the current controversy is the “final chance” for Trump to get the border wall built, as Democrats will take over the House in 2019.