BORDER/BUDGET/CHUCK SCHUMER/DEMS/NANCY PELOSI/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday [12-11-18] about government funding, as disagreements over a U.S.-Mexico border wall prompted Trump repeatedly to threaten a late December government shutdown. Trump’s demand for billions of dollars to build the southwest border wall threw into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline. In a remarkable public argument, the likes of which is seldom seen before cameras, Trump brawled with U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about funding a wall that they see as ineffective and wasteful…Vice President Mike Pence sat beside Trump, silent and stone faced.”

Roberta Rampton, Susan Cornwell, “In heated on-camera clash, Trump bickers with top Democrats on border wall,” Reuters, December 11, 2018 4:54 am