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."