Trump spars with Schumer and Pelosi

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A closed-door meeting between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders lasted barely 30 minutes Tuesday after a heated televised opening session "spiraled downwards", in the words of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. He insisted the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer was "very friendly".

The government will partially shut down after December 21 - days before Christmas - if the House and Senate can't pass legislation to fund it, and if Mr. Trump doesn't sign any approved legislation. Trump wants the next funding package to include at least 5 billion dollars (£4 billion) for it, an idea Democrats have flatly rejected.

"I will take the mantle". "We shouldn't shut down the government over a dispute, and you want to shut it down".

Pelosi later called the confrontation with Trump "wild" and boasted that she and Schumer goaded the president to "fully own that the shutdown was his".

The aide was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the US southern border.

President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency.

He went on to say that he has liked the two Democrats for a long time. "And we made a lot of progress".

Tweeting ahead of the meeting with the opposition leaders, Trump claimed that the wall was needed to prevent "large scale crime and disease" brought by illegal immigrants. Ryan likely lacks sufficient votes from Republicans who will lose their majority at the end of the month.

Outside the White House afterwards, Schumer was even more scathing about Trump. Namely, whatever deal the two sides agree on, it won't be good for the country.

Mr Trump responded that border security was necessary and a wall was necessary for border security.

"If we close the country, I will take it because we're closing it down for border security and I think I win that every single time", Trump said later.

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"I expect it will be McConnell and Schumer who eventually get together and figure this out", she said.

"The fact is that you do not have the votes in the House", Pelosi declared.

Also in a fighting mood, Schumer accused Trump of threatening a shutdown "because you can't get your way". As if manhood could ever be associated with him. Trump on Tuesday threatened to let that happen if the Democrats do not agree to provide funding for a southern border wall.

"To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall".

"While he does not think building a 2,000 mile continuous wall is practical, he does support the increased use of physical barriers, surveillance technology, and border patrol agents to secure our border", Kelly said. This isn't a question; this is a national emergency.

Pence, a former House member, sat silently as Trump and the two Democrats bickered.

Kicking things off, Trump welcomed the press to the meeting and discussed the issues they would talk about.

"The president made clear he wants a shutdown", Schumer said and warned that if Trump sticks to a demand for $5 billion for the border wall "he will get a shutdown and no wall".

The US$1.3 billion would extend current funding levels contained in the spending bill for the Homeland Security Department - which Democrats want to maintain at existing levels if no new deal can be reached. "It's his choice to accept one of those options or shut the government down". "We need the wall".

"Did you say 'Trump?'" the president asked. The conflict between Trump and Pelosi dominated the scene, which was replete with gender politics.

"She's not negotiating for me", Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday of Pelosi's discussions.

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