Trump, Pelosi, Schumer openly spar over border wall

Trump, Pelosi, Schumer openly spar over border wall

Trump cut off Pelosi, arguing that he could not advance a funding bill without Democratic votes in the Senate.

What's more, Democrats' anti-wall arguments are being vividly undermined by rioting migrants, who are rushing the border in areas where they feel USA defenses are weak.

Trump said Friday that Congress should provide all the money he wants for the wall and called illegal immigration a "threat to the well-being of every American community".

Trump is meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the White House on Tuesday, as lawmakers and the administration negotiate spending legislation to avoid a partial government shutdown after Dec 21. In a recent Twitter tirade against the Democrats' reluctance to fund the wall, Trump warned that even if Congress doesn't secure the funding, the United States military would still finish the border wall.

Trump claimed in another tweet that Democrats "for strictly political reasons and because they have been pulled so far left, do NOT want Border Security". If the Democrats stubbornly refuse, the president should shut down the government, and leave it shut down indefinitely, until Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer relent.

Washington has been paralysed by political gridlock for most of Trump's two years in office and the partisan divide is set to intensify in January when Democrats take over the majority in the lower house of Congress.

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

But Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi said they had agreed to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security at current levels of $1.3bn (£1bn) until 30 September 2019.

The president wants his wall funding.

CBI - to which the bulk of frozen assets belongs - says $23 billion belongs to it, while the remaining $6-$7 billion is the government's revenues from the sales of crude oil.

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.

Mr Schumer and other Democrats supported a 2006 law that authorised hundreds of miles of fencing along the southern border, McConnell said, urging Democrats to again back physical barriers - by whatever name - along the border.

Democrats continued the sparring after the meeting as well.

The president is seeking US$5 billion (£3.93 billion) for the border wall, a campaign promise that he has made into a central issue as Congress seeks to finalise spending before some federal government funding expires on December 21.

"Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!", he said.

"We gave the president two options that would keep the government open", Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer said in a statement after the meeting.

If Democrats have a better way to secure the border than Trump's $5-billion plan, "they need to come with an alternative", Scalise said Monday on Fox News Channel.

"I was trying to be the mom", she said, sources told U.S. media.

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