Democrats, Pence differ on shutdown-meeting details

Lawmakers said President Trump demanded money for the border wall and stormed out when they didn't agree.
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clash at the white house late today. The president addressing the nation last night from the oval office, making the case for his border wall and a $5.7 billion in U.S. Taxpayer money he wants for it. He had said Mexico would pay for it. But late today, after his trip to capitol hill, a meeting in the situation room of the white house. When Nancy Pelosi said no money for the wall, he said bye-bye, got up and left. The meeting lasting just 14 minutes. All of this with the shutdown now reaching day 19, and 800,000 workers will not get paid this week. And the president telling our Jonathan Karl the vast majority of those workers are on his side. Reporter: Total breakdown. Democrats emerged from the white house tonight saying president trump demanded money for the border wall and stormed out when they wouldn't agree. It's cold out here, and the temperature wasn't much warmer in the situation room. Our meeting did not last long. In a matter of hours, or just a few days, many people, federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks and what that means in their lives is tragic in terms of their credit rating, paying their mortgage, paying their rent. The president seems to be insensitive to that. He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money, but they can't. He asked speaker 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. Reporter: All told, the meeting lasted just 14 minutes. Well, the president walked into the room and passed out candy. It's true. He never raised his voice. I don't -- I don't recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand. Reporter: Earlier, we asked the president about the 800,000 federal workers caught in the crossfire. Mr. President, what do you say to those federal workers, security guards, secret service agents, TSA agents who are now going without pay? I think they have been terrific. These are terrific patriots. A lot of them agree with what I'm doing. Reporter: But these people have to go without their paychecks. Some are being forced to work without pay. Some have been furloughed. These are -- They're all going to get their money and I think they're going to be happy. Reporter: Not everybody will get their back pay. Thousands of workers on government contracts could be out of luck. And tonight, several Republican senators, including Alaska's Lisa murkowsi, say the president should sign bills to open parts of the government not related to border security. So why not sign the other bills so some of these workers can get paid? Do you think I should do that? No, no, do you -- you think I should do that, Jon? Reporter: It's not for me to say that. I've watched your one-sided reporting. Do you think I should do that? Hey, Jon -- no, seriously, Jon, do you think I should just sign? Reporter: Well, the argument is -- No. No, tell me. Tell me. Reporter: You can sign these bills that have nothing to do with border security. Jon, do you think I should just sign? Reporter: I'm saying that if you sign that, these workers can start getting paid. The government can start -- So you would do that, if you were in my position, you would do that? Reporter: I'm not in your position. I'm asking you if that's something you would do. I'm asking you, would you do that if you were in my position? Reporter: I -- Because if you would do that, you should never be in this position, because you'd never get anything done. All right, Jon Karl, we're glad you're in your position at the white house tonight. And Jon, speaker Pelosi, they she said Democrats are for border security, but the president wants the wall that he promised during the campaign, and Democrats saying today, yet again, that he's not going to get it. Reporter: And you have a breakdown in talks. You have a total state mate. The president again today he's considering a national emergency. He said what would trigger a decision to declare a national emergency, he said, if he could not get a deal. Now, a deal seems to be as far away as it ever has been. I just asked a senior white house official who said there is still no decision on doing that yet. David? And we cannot forget the hundreds of thousands of workers who won't get paid this week. Jon Karl, thank you. We are going to turn now to

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