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For Trump, owning a shutdown will not be popular generally but will certainly spark cries of "atta boy" among his base of supporters who love it when he upends Washington.

In a contentious exchange with Schumer during meeting, Mr. Trump said "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck". "I will be the one to shut it down".

THE PRESIDENT: The House we can get passed very easily, and we do. While people will tell pollsters they don't like government shutdowns, shouldering the blame for this one, two years out from re-election, will be a distant memory when folks vote in 2020. Because President Trump has already backed down in previous struggles over wall funding. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. The new Congress is sworn in January 3, and Pelosi is nominated for her second stint as speaker of the House and second in the line of presidential succession. Trump used the $150 billion dollars that former President Barack Obama allegedly gave Iran as an argument to convince the Democrats to spare $5 billion for the construction of the wall. "I said, 'I never mentioned your name".

THE PRESIDENT: No, we don't have the votes, Nancy, because in the Senate, we need 60 votes and we don't have it.

She can only afford to lose 17 when the vote goes to the full House next month. In a recent Twitter tirade against the Democrats' reluctance to fund the wall, Trump warned that even if Congress doesn't secure the funding, the United States military would still finish the border wall.

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress would oppose using US troops or money from the Defense Department's budget to build such a border wall, Smith told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast on Wednesday. And they were willing - even eager, at times - to take the bait as Pelosi, according to an aide in the room, told members of her caucus once back at the Capitol: "It was so wild".

Trump is now asking for $5 billion, while Pelosi and Schumer have pledged $1.3 billion towards border security initiatives, including new fencing, but not a wall. "That will be the easiest of all, what do you think Chuck?"


Pelosi, as she seeks to shore up support for her speaker bid, has been in active conversations with Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, a leader of the small group of Democrats attempting to block her from the speakership because they want to see new leaders at the top.

"When the president brags he has won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", retorted Schumer with a smile.

He went on to say that he has liked the two Democrats for a long time. Asked to describe the atmosphere in the private meeting that followed the public quarrel, Pence said, "candid".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should get off the "sidelines" and help persuade President Donald Trump to avoid a government shutdown. The homeland bill includes about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures at the border.

Tuesday's late-morning meeting will be the first gathering of Trump, Schumer and Pelosi ahead of the shutdown deadline. President Trump should therefore talk up his willingness to shut down the government, and he should pooh-pooh the idea of compromise. Trump on Tuesday threatened to let that happen if the Democrats do not agree to provide funding for a southern border wall.

But by the end of the the day, a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that "there is no plan" for the military to build sections of a border wall.

THE FACTS: Tremendous portions of the wall have not been built.