Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

House Minority Leader Pelosi in Advanced Talks With Term-Limit Critics

House Minority Leader Pelosi in Advanced Talks With Term-Limit Critics

The stunning public spat, during which Schumer accused the president of throwing a "temper tantrum", ended with no resolution and appeared to increase the chances of a partial government shutdown at the end of next week.

At one point, Schumer shot at Trump: "When the president brags that he won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble".

"So go do it", Pelosi responded.

The public clash marked Trump's first meeting with the newly empowered Democrats since their midterm victories that put them in control of the House, laying bare the tensions on both sides and suggesting how divided government might work - or not - as the 2020 presidential election nears.

"If I needed the votes for the wall in the House, I would have them in one session - it would be done", Trump said. She continued, according to the aide: "I said, 'That isn't the fact".

Schumer and Pelosi repeatedly stated that they had come in "good faith" to prevent a government shutdown.

The fight kicked off when Pelosi told Trump that Americans did not want to see a "Trump shutdown", touching a nerve.

Schumer and Pelosi both said legislation to keep the government open and provide additional border security could pass both houses of Congress, but Trump said major wall funding was necessary. "If we have to close down the country over border security, I actually like that in terms of an issue".

"We believe you shouldn't shut it down", Schumer said. What we saw was the beginning of a new political reality for Donald Trump.

Trump questioned Pelosi's ability to count votes in her own House.

"We gave the president two ways" to "avoid a shutdown", Schumer told reporters outside the White House. "We share the president's goal".

If the budget stalemate can not be resolved, funding for about a quarter of government departments, including justice, agriculture and homeland security, will run out on 21 December.

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Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down much of the government if Democrats do not back his plan.

Third, though the media hate this president because he insults them, he once again proved he is the most transparent and media-friendly American president in living memory.

Mr Trump is demanding $5 billion in the budget but Democrats are expected to offer no more than $1.3 billion, to fund security measures such as surveillance technology and personnel.

If there is no agreement by the end of next week, funding will run out for the Homeland Security Department and other agencies including the Justice, Interior and Agriculture departments.

There have been two brief government shutdowns previously this year.

Some 70 percent of the federal government - including the Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services - has already been funded through next September.

In an official readout following the meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the Democrats have "made clear they would rather keep the border open than the government open".

He touted his administration's efforts to deter illegal border crossings, praising Border Patrol officers and the military for doing a "FANTASTIC job" and claiming that "Our Southern Border is now Secure and will remain that way".

The president contended that it could only pass if it met his demands for more funding for his proposed border wall along the U.S. southern border.

Prior to the meeting the president took to Twitter to warn that the US military would build the border wall if Democrats do not authorize adequate funding for it.

Trump had long promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but it's now on United States taxpayers to foot the bill.

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