Trump, top democrats openly spar in oval office over border wall

Trump, top democrats openly spar in oval office over border wall

She told colleagues that she was "trying to be the mum" in the room while Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer bickered about the coming funding showdown.

Tuesday's theatrics in the Oval Office between U.S. President Donald Trump and House and Senate Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have increased the chances that large parts of the U.S. federal government will shut down when funding authorisation for them expires at the end of next week.

President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to order the military to build a multibillion-dollar barrier along the United States-Mexico border if Democrats refuse funding for the controversial project.

If a new overall funding bill isn't signed into law, part of the government will shut down after December 21.

Pelosi hardly saved her disdain for Trump for the private audience, letting it rip in slightly more respectful tones a few hours earlier when the president invited journalists into the Oval Office for what were billed as talks over the national budget. Mr Trump cut off Ms Pelosi, arguing that he could not advance a funding bill without Democratic votes in the Senate.

She said the House Ways & Means Committee would make that decision and cautioned that "it's a little more challenging than you might think".

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

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.

"They were wearing smiles and a bunch of new power", Cuomo said on his program of Pelosi and Schumer.

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

Schumer added that Trump should accept the offer because, even if there is a government shutdown, it would only last until Democrats take over the House on January 3 and pass their preferred funding bill.

The agreement stipulates that the leaders could serve a fourth and final term if they are elected with two-thirds of the caucus.

The Washington Post reported at least six of those Democratic holdouts plan to back Pelosi's bid after the announcement, and at least one member of the House who opposed her nomination, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), publicly expressed her support on Wednesday after the decision.

"If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall", Trump said in a stream of Twitter messages Tuesday.

"It's done", Schumer said.

Trump has said that his proposed wall would prevent drug dealers and criminals from infiltrating the country. Border wall funding is the biggest issue. 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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