They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that’s true then the images from US President Donald Trump’s discussion with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have really racked up the word count.
Trump and vice president Mike Pence sat down with Pelosi and Schumer in the White House Oval Office, where the president escalated his government shutdown threat over funding for his proposed Mexico border wall.
He also said his long-promised wall would be built one way or another, and earlier pledged that the military would build it if Democrats blocked the funding.
Schumer has said: “We shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute.”
The images from the open-press session were priceless, often resembling a bickering family.
Pelosi was unimpressed by the meeting’s acrimony, saying: “This has spiralled downwards.”
And while the meeting was indeed a tense one, the group did agree on one thing, with Trump saying: “We need border security and I think we all agree that we need border security”, to which Schumer said: “Yes.”