>> It's cold out here, and the temperature wasn't much warmer in the Situation Room.>> An acrimonious meeting at the White House between Democrats and Republicans ended with the two sides even further from a compromise to end a 19-day old partial government shut down.>> Unfortunately, the President just got up and walked out.
He asked Speaker Pelosi, will you agree to my wall? She said no, and he just got up and said then we have nothing to discuss.>> Vice President Mike Pence blamed the impasse squarely on Democrats.>> We heard once again that Democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate to resolve this partial government shutdown or address the crisis at our southern border.
>> On Twitter, Trump called the meeting a total waste of time. The fruitless talks came a day after Trump made his pitch for the wall in primetime.>> This barrier is absolutely critical.>> And after Trump took his fight for a border wall to Capitol Hill, making the case to his own fellow Republicans.
Some of whom appear to be wavering, as the shutdown takes an ever greater toll, threatening a wide range of government services from air safety to food stamps. Moderate GOP lawmakers, including Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, are growing increasingly anxious over Trump's position that he will only reopen the government if he gets $5.7 billion to fund the wall.
Which the Democrats have flatly rejected.>> It's a dark time.>> Some Republicans also oppose Trump's threat to bypass Congress entirely by declaring a national emergency to build the wall.>> I may go that route.>> Worrying that Trump would divert money earmarked for national defense. But Trump emerged from the meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying Republicans were on his side.
>> I would say that we have a very, very unified party.>> The bill is passed.>> This, as Democrats who now control the House of Representatives, ramped up the pressure on Republicans, passing legislation aimed at immediately reopening several government agencies. Essentially, daring Republicans to cast votes to keep the government closed.
Eight broke ranks, and voted with Democrats.>> Look, we could all play games, but a wall is a necessity.>> On Thursday, Trump plans to visit the US border with Mexico, highlighting what he calls, a security and humanitarian crisis.