Yesterday, after his most recent attempt to work out a deal with congressional Democrats to keep the government open, the president of the United States held an exchange with reporters on the White House lawn:
Unidentified reporter: “Mr. President, you walked out on the Democrats. Are you going to bring them back? How can you get a deal if you’re not talking to them?”
Trump: “Well the news incorrectly reported, because I said, ‘Well, if we go back and everything’s peachy dory [sic], and you say, ‘We’ll go talk over 30 days,’ are you going to say, at the end of 30 days, ‘Are you going give us great border security which includes a wall or a steel barrier.’ And she said no.
I didn’t yell, I didn’t pound on tables. That’s a lie. Because if you ask Mike Pence, you ask Kevin McCarthy, you ask anybody in the room, they will say – because I know if you do that, you’re gonna report it – but you guys report it anyway, cuz you’re fake news – but let me just tell you something: I very calmly said, ‘If you’re not gonna give us strong borders, bye-bye.’ And I left. I didn’t rant. I didn’t rave, like you reported. Like… I mean some of the newspapers … and then Schumer always has his standard lie: ‘He had a temper tantrum.’ I don’t have temper tantrums. I really don’t. But it plays to his narrative. But it’s a lie. I very calmly walked out of the room. I didn’t smash the table. I should have. But I didn’t smash the table. And that’s the story. Wait… [waving his hand to cut off the next question before he finishes] … all of that narrative is a lie.”
Here’s the full video of the 15-minute exchange between the POTUS and the gaggle of reporters.