Politics Trump, on Live Television, Has Bickering 'Tantrum' with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer "I am proud to shut down the government for border security," President Trump claimed during a testy meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Senate and House minority leaders, respectively By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 11, 2018 02:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email In a testy, televised exchange on Tuesday, President Donald Trump sparred with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over his proposed border wall and a potential government shutdown. Trump is demanding $5 billion in funding for his much-discussed Mexico-U.S. border wall, while Democrats are offering $1.3 billion, reported the Washington Post. If the proposed plan is not agreed on by Dec. 21 — the expiration date for some agencies’ government funding — a partial shutdown is possible, according to the Post. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” the president — who was joined by a silent Vice President Mike Pence — argued during one back-and-forth in the Oval Office. “The people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.” Trump continued, “I’m not going to blame you for it. … The last time you shut it down it didn’t work. I will take the mantle for shutting down. I’m going to shut it down for border security.” Schumer had prodded Trump by noting, “We shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute. You want to shut it down.” Donald Trump ‘Has Expressed Concern’ That He Will Be Impeached: Report He argued, “20 times you called for, ‘I will shut down the government if I don’t get my wall.’ You said it. You said it.” From left: Nancy Pelosi, Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty From left: Nancy Pelosi, Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer. Mark Wilson/Getty Pelosi also called the potential shutdown a “Trump shutdown.” Throughout the opening of the spray, Pelosi suggested removing the press as the political leaders argued. “Let us have our conversation and then we can meet with the press again,” Pelosi said. RELATED VIDEO: All 5 Living Presidents and First Ladies Attend George H.W. Bush’s Service at National Cathedral Speaking to reporters outside of the Oval Office, Schumer said of the president, “This Trump shutdown, this temper tantrum that he seems to throw, will not get him his wall and will hurt a lot of people.” Ahead of the meeting, Trump addressed the funding issue in a series of tweets, claiming that “open borders” bring “large-scale crime and disease.” He added that he was looking forward to his meeting with Schumer and Pelosi.