In rare on-camera clash, Trump, top Democrats argue about border wall

An angry Donald Trump told Democratic leaders at the White House he will shut down the USA government because they refuse to approve billions of dollars in funding for his controversial Mexico border wall.

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.

The six remaining "renegade" Democrats also issued their own statement, praising Pelosi for coming to the bargianing table: "We are proud that our agreement will make lasting institutional change that will strengthen our caucus and will help develop the next generation of Democratic leaders. Maybe the president doesn't grasp that, but that is very harmful to our country". He noted that the GOP controls the House, Senate and the White House; Democrats will take power in the House in January. We can do an nearly ideal job if we have the wall and proper border security, and that's what we're going to do for the American people.

Donald Trump has declared he will "shut down the government" just days before Christmas during an extraordinary on air press conference in which he clashed with Democratic leaders over a funding deal.

CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon chuckled together about "NanChuck" taking on Trump over the wall.

"We wish to thank Nancy Pelosi for her willingness to work with us to reach this agreement", Vela and the others said.

"And the experts say you can do border security without a wall, which is wasteful and doesn't solve the problem", Mr. Schumer said.

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Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer have urged Mr Trump to support a measure that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through September 30.

The proposal to implement a new rule that would impose term limits was tentatively agreed upon Wednesday by seven members of the Democratic caucus who had said they would oppose her, but lawmakers were waiting on Pelosi's office to officially announce her support for it.

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

"Let's call a halt to this", Pelosi said as the two went at it.

Yesterday's meeting, the first in more than a year between Mr Trump and the Democratic leaders, was touted as his last chance to secure funding... But, she said, "If that's what he wants, then that's what we have to do".

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.

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

  • Michelle Webb