Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters Tuesday after an explosive meeting in the White House with President Trump. Well, that's what I told the President. The president pre-emptively took ownership over the possible closure of the Homeland Security Department and a handful of other federal entities unless a deal is reached by 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, on December 21.
But a signature promise Trump made in 2016 - building a wall on our southern border - remains glaringly unfulfilled.
"So I will take the mantle". "I will be the one to shut it down". While people will tell pollsters they don't like government shutdowns, shouldering the blame for this one, two years out from re-election, will be a distant memory when folks vote in 2020.
Per Politico, Pelosi also said of the conversation with Trump, "It goes to show you: you get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you". As if manhood could ever be associated with him. The proposed deal would guarantee Pelosi two more years as speaker and she could serve no longer than four more years in the job.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hasn't given up hope that a shutdown can be averted. "I said, 'I never mentioned your name".
Schumer had previously suggested Trump accept $1.6 billion in border funding, the funding level included in a Senate bill with bipartisan support. Ryan likely lacks sufficient votes from Republicans who will lose their majority at the end of the month. Trump claimed during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall but now wants US taxpayers to foot the bill instead.
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is set to become the No. 3 House Republican in January, said Wednesday that House Republicans "stand ready to pass whatever the Senate can get passed" and Trump will sign.
And Pelosi: "Mr. President, please don't characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory".
Pelosi is said to frown on truly blue language. "Let the Southern District of NY, professional prosecutors led by Republican appointees, complete their work before we as Democrats in the House decide how best to proceed".
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He then further added "He's never had a season like that before, and he wants to have the season again". That went well in the second half.
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"When the president brags he has won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", retorted Schumer with a smile. "And I think that all she's committing is that she'll support it or something, so we'll see what happens". Asked to describe the atmosphere in the private meeting that followed the public quarrel, Pence said, "candid".
"We do not want to let a Trump temper tantrum govern our policies or cause the shutdown of a government, which everyone on both sides of the aisle knows is the wrong idea", Schumer said.
Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the USA southern border.
If Trump rejects that, Democrats will likely urge a continuing resolution that funds all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through September 30, an aide said.
Tuesday's late-morning meeting will be the first gathering of Trump, Schumer and Pelosi ahead of the shutdown deadline.
President Donald Trump is escalating his shutdown threat over U.S. -Mexico border wall funding at a heated White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
It was a new reality that Trump, still smarting from his party's losses on November 6, appeared to be struggling to internalize as his demands for border wall funds fell flat with those he'll need as partners to deliver on his priorities.
Before the meeting, Trump threatened to have the U.S. military build the wall if Congressional votes can not be found.
THE FACTS: Tremendous portions of the wall have not been built.