Nancy Pelosi set to become House speaker after deal with party rebels

Three-way argument breaks out during White House

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who supports Trump's $5 billion request for the wall, said House leaders were "working through" the funding bill.

When Pelosi brought up Republican election losses in the House, Trump quickly retorted that his party won the Senate.

"We have a lot of disagreements here", Schumer responded and then had a heated exchange with Trump - at times declining to let the president interrupt him in the Oval Office.

He touted his administration's efforts to deter illegal border crossings, praising Border Patrol officers and the military for doing a "FANTASTIC job" and claiming that "Our Southern Border is now Secure and will remain that way". But he said "A Great Wall would be, however, a far easier & less expensive solution". According to CQ Roll Call, Trump preferred a "back-and-forth" dialogue with Senate Minority Chuck Schumer and presumed House Majority Leader Pelosi rather that delivering his demands. "They know how important it is!" he tweeted.

"Republicans still control the House, the Senate, and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open", said the two leaders.

"Our country can not afford a Trump shutdown", they said in a statement, adding that Trump "knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement".

Mr Trump responded that border security was necessary and a wall was necessary for border security.

Democrats continued the sparring after the meeting as well. Asked to describe the atmosphere in the private meeting that followed the public quarrel, Pence said, "candid".

"See, we get along", Trump said.

Taking out two memo cards, he read off figures that he said showed a near end to illegal immigration at portions of the border already featuring high fences.

Government funding runs out for about 25% of federal government spending on December 21.

The fight kicked off when Pelosi told Trump that Americans did not want to see a "Trump shutdown", touching a nerve.

Nancy Pelosi called for the president to halt the argument in front of the cameras but he refused
Image Nancy Pelosi called for the president to halt the argument in front of the cameras but he refused

Trump wants at least $5 billion for the wall in the next funding package.

Trump is seeking far more for his long-stalled border wall than the $1.6 billion the Senate has agreed to for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the United States southern border.

The Democratic leaders have offered the president $1.3 billion for his border project.

Migrants return to Mexico after being hit by tear gas by USA border agents after attempting to illegally cross the border into the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov 25.

The aide was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

Democrats said they would consider whether to clamp term limits on committee chairs early next year.

It was the first time Mr Trump met with Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer since the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the 6 November 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 sticking point is the funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border that Trump has promised.

Trump repeatedly returned to his argument that the border wall is needed for security reasons. Instead, the money should be used for fencing and technology that experts say is appropriate, Schumer said.

Hours after the meeting ended, a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that "there is no plan" for the military to build sections of a border wall.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is set to become the No. 3 House Republican in January, said House Republicans "stand ready to pass whatever the Senate can get passed" and Trump will sign. President Donald Trump: "People are pouring into our country, including terrorists".

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