Trump walks out on Democrats and calls shutdown talks ‘a waste of time’

  • Chuck Schumer condemns president’s ‘temper-tantrum’
  • 800,000 federal US workers continue to go without pay

Donald Trump abruptly ended a critical meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, calling it a “total waste of time” as the partial shutdown of the US government dragged into its 19th day with no end in sight.

The further deterioration of negotiations over the funding lapse affecting nearly 800,000 federal employees came a day after the president used his first address from the Oval Office to reinforce his demands for a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

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