Trump presses border wall ahead of meeting with top Democrats

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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she expects a House committee to "take the first steps" toward obtaining President Trump's tax returns after Democrats take control of the chamber next month, but she cautioned that securing them is "a little more challenging than you might think".

During a meeting with congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Tuesday, President Donald Trump proclaimed that he was willing and would be "proud" to let the government shut down on December 21 if Congress doesn't include funding for a wall in a proposed deal.

Pelosi also addressed criticisms that the president once said Mexico would pay for the border wall and is now asking for the government to cough up $5 billion.

Pentagon spokesman Jamie Davis said that while the military doesn't now have plans to build portions of a border wall, "Congress has provided options under Title 10 U.S. Code that could permit the Department of Defense to fund border barrier projects, such as in support of counter drug operations or national emergencies". "I know he doesn't believe in government, and I know he doesn't know that much about what's at risk if he shuts it down". When Trump invited reporters and cameras into his private meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Democrats played on his turf: Taunting, goading and lecturing the president, Pelosi and Schumer made clear they intend to use their seats at the table to give the president a taste of what he's been serving since taking office.

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The president contended that it could only pass if it met his demands for more funding for his proposed border wall along the U.S. southern border.

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Schumer says if Trump doesn't change course, "He will get no wall and he will get a shutdown".

"When you have walls, Chuck, it's effective, when you don't it's not", Mr Trump retorted. He said he would shut down the government if "we don't get what we want".

Despite Trump's claims, no new concrete wall has been built along the U.S. -Mexico border since the president began his term previous year, although some new fencing has been put up. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi can't reach an agreement when they meet Tuesday at the White House.

Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer said they agreed that border security was required while a border wall might not be.

"I was trying to be the mom", she said, sources told United States media. "You've got to have facts, data and evidence-based truth to make an agreement on how you go forward", she said. Under the deal, House Democrats will vote by February 15 to change party rules to limit their top three leaders to no more than four two-year terms, including time they've already spent in those jobs.

Before the meeting, Trump threatened to have the USA military build the wall if Congressional votes can not be found.

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