Heated Oval Office exchange sees Trump told off by top Democrat

Heated Oval Office exchange sees Trump told off by top Democrat

Heated Oval Office exchange sees Trump told off by top Democrat

Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the still Republican-dominated Senate, and Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become speaker in the newly Democrat-controlled House in January, bluntly told Trump that he had no chance of getting the $5 billion he wants for the wall.

"If we don't get what we want, one way or the other, whether it's through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government", Mr Trump said.

At one point, he said that he would take responsibility for shutting down government if funding for the wall was not forthcoming. "We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress", Moulton, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and five other Democrats said in a statement.

Wednesday's accord gives Pelosi a clear path to becoming the most powerful Democrat in government and a leading role in confronting President Donald Trump during the upcoming 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.

Donald Trump has declared he will "shut down the government" just days before Christmas during an extraordinary on air press conference in which he clashed with Democratic leaders over a funding deal.

If the government partially shuts down on 21 December, up to 600,000 government workers could be affected over the holiday season. "Did you say Trump?"

If Trump rejects that, Democrats are urging a continuing resolution that would fund all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through September 30. "He said, 'They're paying for the wall with the money we're gonna make over the newly revised USMCA, ' formerly known as NAFTA, whatever it is, formerly known as NAFTA".

Yesterday's meeting, the first in more than a year between Mr Trump and the Democratic leaders, was touted as his last chance to secure funding...

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. "It was so wild", Pelosi told top Democratic legislators after her White House meeting with the president, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen.

"There is popular demand for the Congress to request the president's tax returns", she said, speaking to reporters.

The agreement would be retroactive, meaning that the three top Democrats - Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) - would be entering their third terms in January 2019.

"But it's not bad Nancy", Mr. Trump said.

There will be no additional appropriations to pay for the border wall.

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. "It goes to show you: you get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you".

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