Chuck Schumer just made one of the biggest mistakes of his life.
The Democrat Senate leader thought he could pull a fast one on Donald Trump.
But he got caught telling this massive lie that led to one humiliating defeat.
Schumer and Congressional Democrats trekked to the White House to meet with Trump and Republican leadership about trying to resolve the government shutdown.
At one point in the meeting, Trump asked Pelosi if Democrats would make a deal on funding the border wall and reopen the government.
Pelosi said no.
Trump then reportedly said “bye bye” and ended the meeting.
That’s when the controversy began.
Schumer raced to a group of assembled reporters and claimed Trump threw a “temper tantrum.”
“Well, unfortunately, the president just got up and walked out,” Schumer told the reporters. “He just got up and he said, ‘Then we have nothing to discuss.’ And he just walked out. Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn’t get his way.”
This was a lie.
Trump never stormed or slammed any doors.
Republican House Minority Leader later met with the same reporters and informed them Schumer was fibbing.
“I want to clarify a few things, as I just listened to Senator Schumer. I know he complained the time you had cameras in the meeting. I think we need to bring them back,” McCarthy explained. “Because what he described the meeting to be was totally different than what took place.”
McCarthy continued describing how Pelosi refused to even acknowledge there was a crisis on the Southern border.
The Republican House leader went on to recount how it was Schumer who acted rudely.
“She again argued whether we even have a crisis or whether facts are true. [Trump] turned to Schumer again who said, ‘We just have to open the government up,’” McCarthy said. “The president would go back and forth in a negotiation in a very respectful way. I saw Schumer continue to raise his voice.”
McCarthy told reporters that the meeting came to a close because events unfolded exactly how Trump described them.
“If we open the government up, in 30 days could we have border security?” the President asked Pelosi.
“She raised her hand and said, ‘Not at all,’” McCarthy told reporters Pelosi answered by jabbing her finger in the air and refusing the President’s offer.
“The president calmly said, ‘I guess you’re still not going to deal with the problem,’” McCarthy concluded by informing the press that Pelosi’s conduct led to Trump calmly wrapping up the meeting.
The next day, Trump backed up McCarthy’s version of events on social media.
“Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I “slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.” Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!” Trump tweeted.
Schumer thought that by trying to portray Trump as unreasonable it would ramp up media pressure for the President to cave in and end the shutdown.
But the New York Democrat badly miscalculated.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.