President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that his meeting with Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "a total waste of time."

"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!"

The big picture: On Day 19 of the government shutdown, the two sides remain exactly where they started. President Trump has drawn a red line in his demands for a border wall, while the Democrats have drawn a red line in their refusal. Trump said today that the "threshold" for declaring a national emergency to build the wall would be if he can't strike a deal with "people that are unreasonable."

Details: A source in the room tells Axios that during the meeting, Schumer said to Trump, "You are using people as leverage. Why won't you open the government and stop hurting people?" Trump then responded, "Because then you won't give me what I want. And I am trying to do the right thing for the country. This isn’t about politics.”

  • Trump later asked Pelosi if she would be in favor of a wall in 30 days, a congressional source familiar with the exchange tells Axios. When she responded no, Trump said, "What's the point" and slammed his hands on the table, before walking out and telling the room, "Bye bye."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 30,782,337 — Total deaths: 957,037— Total recoveries: 21,032,539Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,764,962 — Total deaths: 199,258 — Total recoveries: 2,577,446 — Total tests: 94,211,463Map.
  3. Politics: In reversal, CDC again recommends coronavirus testing for asymptomatic people.
  4. Health: The dwindling chances of eliminating COVID-19.
  5. World: Guatemalan president tests positive for COVID-19 — The countries painting their pandemic recoveries green.

The positions of key GOP senators on replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talks to reporters on Capitol Hill last Thursday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

With President Trump planning to nominate his third Supreme Court justice nominee by next week, key Republican senators are indicating their stance on replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over six weeks out from Election Day.

The big picture: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) has vowed that "Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." But Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) told Alaska Public Media, "I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election."

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ActBlue collects a record $91 million in hours after Ginsburg's death

A makeshift memorial in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 19. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

ActBlue received a record $91.4 million in the 28 hours following Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, the Democratic donation-processing site confirmed to Axios late Saturday.

Why it matters via the New York Times: "The unprecedented outpouring shows the power of a looming Supreme Court confirmation fight to motivate Democratic donors."