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Trump calls shutdown talk 'waste of time'

President Donald Trump walked out of discussions to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, calling discussions with congressional Democrats "a total waste of time." CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 3:19 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 3:30 PM

On Wednesday, the President of the United States stormed out of a meeting with top congressional leaders after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to support money in the federal budget for the border wall he has long championed.

After he left -- or maybe as he was leaving -- Trump took to Twitter to bash Pelosi -- and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. He tweeted:

"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

(Trump reportedly actually said "bye bye" as he left the meeting, which is, um, amazeballs.)

This would be slightly worrisome if we were talking about how your teenager behaved in a meeting for a group project with the deadline coming up. It's outright terrifying when you are talking about the President of the United States, and the federal government has already been closed -- at least partially -- for 19 days.

This is, of course, not the first time since being elected President that Trump has flashed his take-my-ball-and-go-home approach to governance. As a CEO, Trump could behave like this because, ultimately, his word was the only one that mattered. If he wanted something done, it usually got done.

He has never seemed to adjust to the very real and clear differences between his past life as a businessman and reality TV star and President of the United States.

As Pelosi seeks to remind Trump regularly, Congress is a co-equal branch of government -- as outlined in a little something we call the Constitution. And with Democrats now in control of the House, Trump has zero choice but to find some sort of compromise that can get through Congress -- or have this shutdown continue on and on and on.

Which, by the sound of his rhetoric and the signal sent by his actions today, Trump may be just fine with! Because he is Trump. And this sort of stuff is what he does.

But ask yourself this: Is stamping out of a meeting because you don't get what you want really a long-term governing strategy?

The Point: It isn't. (I answered that one for you.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319428

Reported Deaths: 7361
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22264265
Hinds20645421
Harrison18386317
Rankin13864282
Jackson13678248
Madison10237224
Lee10052176
Jones8458167
Forrest7822153
Lauderdale7257242
Lowndes6498149
Lamar633688
Lafayette6301120
Washington5419136
Bolivar4835133
Panola4664110
Oktibbeha466098
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Marshall4572105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc425073
Monroe4155135
Union415576
Neshoba4059179
Lincoln4008112
Hancock386087
Leflore3515125
Tate342386
Sunflower339391
Pike3368111
Alcorn324172
Scott319574
Yazoo314171
Itawamba305078
Adams304985
Copiah299666
Coahoma298383
Simpson298189
Tippah291768
Prentiss283661
Leake271774
Marion271280
Covington267183
Wayne264442
Grenada264087
George251951
Newton248663
Tishomingo231268
Winston229981
Jasper222148
Attala215073
Chickasaw210559
Holmes190374
Clay187754
Stone187433
Tallahatchie179941
Clarke178980
Calhoun174032
Yalobusha167840
Smith164034
Walthall135347
Greene131833
Lawrence131024
Montgomery128643
Noxubee127934
Perry126638
Amite126142
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Tunica108027
Jefferson Davis107833
Claiborne103030
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman81916
Choctaw79018
Wilkinson69332
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548163

Reported Deaths: 11281
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson809371565
Mobile42040826
Madison35654524
Tuscaloosa26161458
Shelby25588254
Montgomery25080611
Baldwin21833313
Lee16259175
Calhoun14714325
Morgan14621285
Etowah14166362
Marshall12447230
Houston10764288
Elmore10293212
Limestone10179157
St. Clair10158250
Cullman9935201
Lauderdale9592249
DeKalb8965189
Talladega8455184
Walker7334280
Autauga7230113
Blount6938139
Jackson6919113
Colbert6411140
Coffee5626127
Dale4929114
Russell454541
Chilton4472116
Franklin431083
Covington4272122
Tallapoosa4133155
Escambia401780
Chambers3724123
Dallas3606156
Clarke352861
Marion3241106
Pike314078
Lawrence3125100
Winston283572
Bibb268264
Geneva257281
Marengo250665
Pickens236662
Barbour234659
Hale226778
Butler224071
Fayette218162
Henry193843
Cherokee187245
Randolph186944
Monroe179341
Washington170439
Macon162951
Clay160159
Crenshaw155357
Cleburne153144
Lamar146237
Lowndes142054
Wilcox127030
Bullock124242
Conecuh113330
Coosa111529
Perry108726
Sumter105732
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