Jan 10, 2019 16:59 Asia/Tehran

US President Donald Trump walked out of discussions to end a partial government shutdown in Situation Room of White House, calling the talks with congressional Democrats "a total waste of time."

Iran Press/America: "Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said: NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works! Trump said.

Top congressional Democrats blasted Trump after the meeting Wednesday afternoon, accusing him of indifference to struggling federal workers and not trying to negotiate as the government shutdown drags on, Reuters reported.

"Unfortunately, the President just got up and walked out," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

He asked Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi, will you agree to my wall?' She said: no. And he just got up and 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, and he just walked out of the meeting.

After the meeting, Schumer and Pelosi denounced Trump for refusing to reopen the government, just as they had the previous evening.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate (L) House speaker Nancy Pelosi (R)

Donald Trump is refuting claims from Democrats that he angrily left the White House meeting with congressional leaders over the government shutdown.

Schumer said after the meeting that the president had had a "temper tantrum".

Donald Trump is to visit the US-Mexico frontier on Thursday just a day after storming out of a meeting with Democrats over funding for his long-promised border wall.

The US government has been partially shut down for almost 19 days, after Senate Democrats refused to back a Republican-majority House bill that would allocate $5.7 billion to building the border wall.

Democrats took over the House on January 3, and have proposed bills to reopen the government, but have rejected any funding to the wall, ever, calling it “immoral.”

Some 800,000 federal workers will soon miss their first paycheck, and each sides has accused the other of ignoring their needs and interests.

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