Trump says he finds China 'more honorable' than Pelosi and Schumer
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE took aim at Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday over the stalled negotiations surrounding the partial government shutdown, remarking to reporters that diplomats from China were "more honorable" than the Democrats.

In comments to reporters before boarding Marine One, Trump touted his administration's progress on the U.S.'s trade dispute with China, which entered a one-month truce in January as the two sides attempt to resolve their differences.

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"We have a lot of great things happening. The economy is incredible," the president told reporters. "We're negotiating and having tremendous success with China, and I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than cryin' Chuck and Nancy."

"China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party," Trump added, referring to Democrats in Congress who have been unwilling to provide the $5.7 billion the White House has requested in border wall and security funding.

Trump's comments came as a partial shutdown that began in December stretched into its 20th day, as federal agencies struggle to operate amid funding shortages while keeping essential systems afloat.

Democrats emerged from a White House meeting on Wednesday complaining of a "temper tantrum" thrown by the president, who they said stormed out after they refused his latest demand for funding to build a border wall.

Trump told Democrats last week that he was prepared to keep the federal government partially shut down for months or even "years" over the dispute surrounding wall funding. This week he has shifted his threats to the possibility of declaring a national emergency in order to reallocate funds to the border.