(TeaParty.org) – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a bone to pick with Senator Chuck Schumer. McCarthy claims that it was the Democrats, not Trump, who behaved stubbornly on Wednesday’s meeting with the President, contrary to what they would like us to believe.
According to Schumer, Trump had a “temper tantrum” and refused to negotiate with them to put an end to the ongoing government shutdown.
Immediately following the meeting, however, McCarthy told reporters that Schumer’s version of events is a bald-faced lie.
“The time that you had cameras in the meeting — I think we need to bring them back, because what [Schumer] described the meeting to be was totally different than what took place,” he said.
In a meeting with Democrat leadership last month, Trump allowed the media to record, and Pelosi and Schumer made clear that they would rather not “debate” in front of the cameras.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday’s meeting, the President not only began the meeting by cheerfully handing out candy to everyone, a fact confirmed by multiple media outlets, but was also clear that he wanted to “get this solved,” McCarthy says.
“I want to turn the floor over, the president said, to Speaker Pelosi and Schumer,” the House minority leader explains. “Tell us what offer you have. … She began to argue whether we even had a crisis or whether facts are true. [She] turned to Schumer, again, who said, we just have to open the government up. The president would go back and forth in a negotiation, in a very respectful way.”
At this point, McCarthy says, it was Schumer who began to raise his voice and appear angry.
“The president then turned to the speaker and politely asked her, OK, Nancy, if we open the government up in 30 days, could we have border security? She raised her hand and said no, not at all. The president calmly said, I guess you’re still not wanting to deal with the problem,” he explains.
Check out Schumer’s version of the meeting and note the difference:
“We saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way, and he just walked out of the meeting,” Schumer told reporters. “I asked him to open up the government. … And I said, just why won’t you do that, we will continue to discuss, we’re willing to discuss anything. And he said, if I open up the government, you won’t do what I want.”
“That’s cruel, that’s callous and that’s using millions of innocent people as sort of pawns, and it was wrong. And then a few minutes later, he sort of slammed the table, and when leader Pelosi said she didn’t agree with the wall, he just walked out and said, we have nothing to discuss.”
This is, of course, a very different story than the one McCarthy shard.
“The way they have displayed and their behavior is embarrassing to me. And the way 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,” McCarthy noted in his statement following Wednesday’s meeting.
McCarthy also denied that the President had slammed his hand on his desk, which Schumer had accused him of.
After WH mtg, McCarthy says Trump "didn’t slam his hands down at all. He said 'Alright I guess you guys don’t want to do anything.'"
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 9, 2019
POTUS denied this himself as well.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
So, who’s telling the truth? I think we should absolutely take into account that it was the Democrats who complained about media presence at the last meeting, and once they met with Trump without cameras, it was they who would have benefited from the cameras being there had Trump truly behaved in the way they claim.
Many social media users seem to agree:
I would have the TV Cameras and Recorders to protect myself against Pelosi and Schumer lying about what took place. They won't negotiate, but they can sure lie a lot about what took place at the meeting. That's why they don't like cameras in the room.
— Mary Lee Kimball (@kimball_mary) January 10, 2019
Sir, Mr.McCarthy, please back the CAMERAS for TRANSPARENCY for the American people. It sounds as if Pelosi & Schumer LIED about what took place in today's meeting with POTUS. DEMOCRATS DID NOT WANT TO HELP POTUS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PROTECT OUR NATION.
— Sue Jones (@BarbieSueJ) January 10, 2019
@SenSchumer Well, you blew it. You lied after the meeting, so that was your last off-camera meeting ever with President Trump. From now on, and forever, you'll be on camera and televised. Transparency? You got it.
— Todd has NO patience! (@PortamentoCurve) January 9, 2019
— ⊺ 👩🏻💻 (@blessedhunny) January 10, 2019
Transparency, transparency, transparency…. isn't this what Pelosi promised. Bring C-SPAN in and televise. I want to see for myself. Standing before mics when leaving WH is not enough…..
— Deplorable Grunt (@vv197071) January 10, 2019
— LorieByrd (@LorieByrd) January 10, 2019
Why aren’t there any cameras in these meetings with Dems for Border Wall funding? Where is the transparency?!?
Who is telling truth about the discussions? Schumer and Pelosi?
Americans don’t trust our government. We Are Not Naive!#BuildTheWall
— EverydayAmerican🇺🇸 (@cook333p) January 10, 2019
Let’s continue with the Transparency that @SpeakerPelosi wants for her administration….Mr President, let’s have the news media film your next sit down with the Democratic Leaders so we can see how they come unprepared to negotiations and EXPOSE their lies to the American people
— Adam Taylor (@adamtaylorSC) January 10, 2019