Nancy Pelosi Has Struck a Deal With Rebel Democrats

Nancy Pelosi Has Struck a Deal With Rebel Democrats

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the presumptive speaker of the House, and President Trump argue before a meeting at the White House Tuesday.

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.

"He looks at the polls and sees that a number of his base still wants that to happen even if it means shutting down the government", Huntsman said. Trump also said during the meeting he would gladly shut down the government and take full responsibility for it if he didn't get the wall built.

This is less than the US$1.6 billion a bipartisan Senate committee has approved, but it would extend current funding levels at the Department of Homeland Security until September 30.

During their gripping televised spat, Trump told Schumer of a looming partial shutdown over his demands for a wall: 'You want to put that on [me], I'll take it'.

Pelosi told reporters later at the Capitol that she "didn't want to contradict the president again and again in front of the public". Several aides said they believed restlessness by younger members to move up in leadership would make that hard for her to achieve.

Pelosi, for her part, seemed satisfied with the deal, telling media Wednesday that, "I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not".

Mr Trump exchanged heated words with Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker-designate of the House, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, who met the president to try to end the impasse over funding the building of a wall along the Mexican border.

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Members of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers scale a wall at the US-Mexico border.

Trump, who leads chants of "build the wall" at campaign rallies, has been frustrated in the first two years of his administration.

"Pelosi made the deal", he said Thursday morning when asked for his reaction to the agreement.

Trump said earlier Tuesday that he could order the military to do the work if Congress refused to fund construction - although it was not clear that he had the authority.

"When the president brags that he won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", Mr Schumer said.

Trump also tweeted that the USA military would build the wall if Democrats refuse to give him the money needed.

Trump deployed the USA military to the border area before November 6 congressional elections, calling the caravan an "invasion".

Pelosi also described to colleagues how the Oval Office meeting concluded, according to the aide: "He said, "We can go two routes with this meeting - with a knife or a candy.' I said, 'Exactly".

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