Nancy Pelosi Has Struck a Deal With Rebel Democrats

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The meeting did not last long after reporters were ushered out of the Oval Office. It moves her to the cusp of steering next year's diverse crop of House Democrats, with its large number of female, minority and younger members.

In full view of the press, Mr. Trump sparred with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer and made unsubstantiated claims about migrants bringing communicable diseases into the US and the extent to which a border wall between the USA and Mexico had already been built.

Donald Trump opened his press event with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer with a feel-good embrace of bipartisanship.

Prior to Tuesday's public spat, Trump said the military would build his promised border wall if Congress did not sign off his funding proposal.

Schumer also called Trump's remarks "astounding" and accused him of holding the government "hostage" over the border wall and his advisers of keeping him in a "cocoon" of false information.

Foster, who had counted himself among the "Never Nancy" members in order to pressure Pelosi to put an end date on her leadership, emerged as one of the central negotiators in what became a struggle to open up leadership spots. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck".

The group initially vowed to run a candidate against Pelosi for Democratic leader.

"It didn't work out very well", Mr McConnell said.

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"What the president is representing (with) his cards over there, are not facts". "We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN!" POLITICO reported this past spring that Trump has "an odd and enduring habit of ripping up papers when he's done with them"-breaking with the Presidential Records Act, which requires the White House to preserve all memos the president comes in contact with". He claims Democrats don't want border security for "strictly political reasons".

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. "This wall thing", said the California congresswoman.

Under the deal struck, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has agreed to limit her service in the top post to no more than two more terms - or four additional years. Now, as the government funding deadline approaches, both sides will have to decide whether to blink.

"We're not going to $5 billion for the wall".

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., a dissident and friend of Pelosi's, said the two began seeking middle ground after she called him around Thanksgiving.

Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that Mexico would still technically pay for the wall, through the additional money the USA will make from the not-yet-ratified United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. "They know how important it is!" he tweeted.

Tuesday's spat was the first time Trump met Pelosi and Schumer since the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the 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.

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