Los Angeles Times White House correspondent Eli Stokols reported Tuesday that President Trump “stormed out” of the Oval Office after his contentious meeting with Democratic leaders and threw a folder full of papers out of frustration.
“He stormed out of the Oval, walked into an anteroom just off the Oval Office and had in his hand a folder of briefing papers. And he just scattered them out of frustration — threw them across the room,” Stokols said on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” citing his own reporting with White House officials.
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Trump met Tuesday with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Democrat Leader Charles Schumer inside the Oval Office, where they clashed in front of cameras over terms of a government funding bill.
The meeting quickly generated headlines after Trump pledged to shut down the government if he couldn’t get funding for a wall along the southern border. He also said he would take the blame for that shutdown if it occurs.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump told Schumer. “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”
Stokols, the Los Angeles Times reporter, also said Tuesday on “Hardball” that Trump was frustrated with Schumer following the meeting.
“His old New York sparring buddy, he felt, got the better of him,” Stokols said.