Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding

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Later in the day on Capitol Hill, Ms. Pelosi, according to a Democratic aide, said: "It was so wild".

Pelosi's encounter with Trump came as she continues to try and win votes among fellow Democrats to be elected speaker next month.

It was the first time Trump met with Pelosi and Schumer since the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in November 6 congressional elections - a rocky start to the relationship the White House will have with the opposition party, with which it needs to deal to advance any priorities.

The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m.as the White House tries to strike a deal to avoid a government shutdown when the current funding agreement expires after December 21.

Pelosi, Schumer and Trump argued with cameras rolling Tuesday over funding for Trump's long-promised southern border wall, with Pelosi drawing praise for challenging Trump to whip the votes for the wall in the Republican House-until Democrats take over next month-and later declaring the wall was tied to Trump's "manhood", or lack thereof.

Ms Pelosi, who is seeking to become House speaker when the new Congress convenes in January, said she and many other Democrats consider the wall "immoral, ineffective and expensive".

Mr Trump has asked to include $5bn (£4bn) in the deal for border security.

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she told President Donald Trump she prayed for him, NBC News reported.

From the start, the differences were clear.

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Pelosi's Oval Office confrontation with President Trump Tuesday was also seen as a boost to her speaker candidacy.

She said the president had responded that she should inform the press because it would be news to them. He and Schumer sparred over politics. Ben Ray Luján, the assistant Democratic leader. She went on to say that she expects the White House to "resist".

Said Trump at the meeting, "I am proud to shut down the government for border security".

Trump said that both sides agreed there was a need for border security.

"Dealmaker, negotiator, whatever. That wasn't my experience with him", said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, who tried and failed to cut an immigration deal with Trump past year. "There will be no additional money for the wall", Schumer said. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Pelosi's remarks. But Trump, at least publicly, expressed confidence in the exchange.

Trump raised an alarm during the midterm election campaign about a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the USA border and deployed military troops to assist the border patrol.

Trump has sought to sow fear over thousands of migrants and refugees who have recently arrived at the border as part of an exodus, initially dubbed the Central American caravan.

Trump and Republicans are demanding $5 billion for the border, while Democrats say they can not agree to give more than $1.3 billion.

Despite Trump's repeated claims to the contrary, Democrats in Congress have never proposed doing away with border rules.

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