5 jaw-dropping moments from Trump's WILD meeting with Pelosi and Schumer

Trump to meet with Democrat leaders amid fight over border wall

Currently, a partial government shutdown could occur at midnight on December 21 over the failure of Congress to pass spending bills to fund the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

She said the "funniest" moment of the meeting was when Pelosi insisted that the conversation continue in private, without cameras present. "I will take the mantle of shutting down". Instead, Trump said he'd take responsibility for any shuttering of government.

"Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!" he wrote, referring to Schumer and Pelosi. He and Pelosi "had to tell him, 'No, Mr. President that's not true, ' " Schumer said.

Pelosi's remarks to Democrats were described by an aide in the room who was not authorized to speak publicly.

As if spotting a mirage in the Southwestern desert, President Donald Trump and his aides are seeing a wall standing along the Mexico border where none exists.

Said Trump with a smile: "And then we have the easy one, the wall".

The wall remains the main sticking point in talks.

Democrats, too, suggested the meeting ended well enough, noting that Trump neither accepted nor rejected their offer to fund the government with up to $1.6 billion for border security, rather than the $5 billion he's been demanding for the wall. Ryan likely lacks sufficient votes from Republicans who will lose their majority at the end of the month.

Trump claimed in another tweet that Democrats "for strictly political reasons and because they have been pulled so far left, do NOT want Border Security".

Both sides came into the negotiating session primed for battle. Trump soon started scrapping with Pelosi, when she said there should not be a "Trump shutdown".

Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it's up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgment of their own inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone.

That set the stage for what came next: Trump and Pelosi haggling over vote counts, along the way highlighting Trump's long-term disengagement from the legislative process.

Trump shot back, "Nancy, I do".

Schumer said, "This temper tantrum that he seems to throw will not get him his wall".

Trump heckled Schumer over a previous shutdown, saying "the last time you shut it down you got killed" politically.

Later, Pelosi reportedly questioned the president's "manhood" to colleagues behind closed doors. A Mexican official familiar with the issue told CNN on Tuesday, "Mexico´s position regarding the so-called wall is the same the previous government had".

"To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall". He says his long-promised wall will be built one way or another. But Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis added that the military may have the power to fund "barrier projects" in national emergencies or to counter the drug trade. Pence later called the meeting a "good discussion". "I will shut down the government." - in meeting with Pelosi and Schumer.

Appropriations funding for several departments has already been approved, but the spending bills for the Justice Department, Homeland Security and State Department, as well as a few others, have not yet made it through Congress.

He urged Trump to stay strong.

Pelosi also made waves on Monday with comments she made to Democrats after returning to the Capitol. Trump claimed during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall but now wants US taxpayers to foot the bill instead. The reality is that the president's request is entirely reasonable, he said on the Senate floor Tuesday morning. The conflict between Trump and Pelosi dominated the scene, which was replete with gender politics.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is calling for border security funding to be a priority for lawmakers.



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