Schumer: Dems Won't Give in to Trump's Wall Demands

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U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month.

"I think you'd have more viewers and readers if you address concerns that people have rather than just this ongoing, ongoing coverage of what's current with the president from one day to the next", she suggested.

Funding for 20% of the government and the Department of Homeland Security (which will oversee the construction of any border wall) is at stake with funding about to expire on December 21.

"I was trying to be the mom", the California Democrat said, according to the aide.

Democrats continued the sparring after the meeting as well.


Mr. Trump had repeatedly stated on his campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall. Ryan likely lacks sufficient votes from Republicans who will lose their majority at the end of the month.

Although White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement describing the meeting as a "constructive dialogue" in spite of disagreement over the border, the White House later tweeted that Democrats were standing in the way of border security.

A bipartisan Senate committee had approved a larger package of $1.6bn.

Then Mr Schumer brought up "Pinocchios" that Trump had been awarded by the Washington Post for misstatements on the issue, and accused him of wanting to get his own way. "You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor".

"Today, Nancy Pelosi acquitted herself in a way that should put to rest any argument about whether she's up to that task", he said, alongside a chyron reading "Like a Boss" and a picture of Pelosi smiling in a pair of sunglasses.


Ms Pelosi later said: "This has spiraled downwards". Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat.

"When the president brags that he won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", Mr Schumer said.

The move is a stark reversal from Vela's position in late November, when House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to nominate Pelosi as their pick for speaker.

This is less than the US$1.6 billion a bipartisan Senate committee has approved, but it would extend current funding levels at the Department of Homeland Security until September 30.

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. "It's his choice to accept one of those options or shut the government down". In a deal with rebels that will pave the way for Nancy Pelosi's return as House speaker, she has agreed to limit her time in the role to a maximum of four years.


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