In a fit of anger, President Obama abruptly concluded Wednesday’s debt-ceiling meeting at the White House with congressional leaders—says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.—a description that Democrats cast as “overblown.”

“He said to me, ‘Eric, don’t call my bluff.’ He said, ‘I’m going to the American people with this,’ ” Cantor said.

“He shoved back and said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow,’ and walked out,” Cantor told reporters at the Capitol, giving a remarkably in-depth description of a closed-door meeting.

House Speaker John Boehner’s office had no immediate comment, but a senior Democratic aide later said it was Cantor who “rudely interrupted the president three times to advocate for short-term debt-ceiling increases while the president was wrapping the meeting.”

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