Top Democrat: Trump says he'd shut government for years

Pelosi and Schumer speak to the media after meeting with President Donald Trump

Pelosi and Schumer speak to the media after meeting with President Donald Trump

"We're not doing a wall. Does anyone have any doubt that we're not doing a wall?" Pelosi is hosting a news conference at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the package.

The impasse over paying for Trump's proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border extended the shutdown into a 14th day, but some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 voiced discomfort. He then left without taking questions from reporters.

Dubbed the "For the People Act", the legislation marks an effort by Democrats to set a tone of good government as they take the majority following historic gains in the midterm elections.

Trump said that while he may declare an emergency, if funding for the wall can be achieved through negotiations, he's giving that a shot. In any case, Trump has said he will veto it if it comes to his table, effectively extending the partial government shutdown, now two weeks long, indefinitely. Democrats disagree, with Ms Pelosi calling the wall immoral, ineffective and expensive. "It's not who we are as a nation".

Nancy Pelosi, 78, stood in front of the US Congress surrounded by her grandchildren and the grandchildren of other members.

Republicans said the new round of talks might be more productive now that Pelosi is speaker.

Asked about those comments during an appearance Friday morning on Fox News' "Fox & Friends", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders echoed some of the sentiments in Trump's tweets.

Mr Trump says the wall is crucial to curbing irregular immigration. "Did they not hear about the coequal branch of government, and that we the Congress send the President legislation and he can choose to sign or not?" "We made that very clear to the President".

In person, she was even more direct, reportedly telling a MoveOn.org reception, "We're gonna impeach that mother**ker". Republicans still hold the majority in the Senate.

"As I have stated many times, if the Democrats take over the House or Senate, there will be disruption to the Financial Markets".

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"Walls work", Trump wrote.

"We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country", he said. It was approved, 239-192. We won the Senate, they won the House.

But the White House line was still firm.

Federal agencies such as the Justice Department, Commerce Department and departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior and Treasury have been hit by the shutdown. "Why doesn't the Pelosi bill do that?" said White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway.

At a reception Thursday night for the progressive group MoveOn.org, Rep. Rashida Tlaib vowed that the new Democratic-controlled House would be focusing on ousting President Donald Trump from office.

McConnell has dismissed the idea as a "total nonstarter" and a waste of time.

As Trump and congressional Democrats continue to face off, some Republican Senators appear willing to cave and make a deal with the Democrats that does not include wall funding.

Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both said they urged Republicans to temporarily reopen the government while they seek a solution on border security. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

His comments came as one new Congresswoman even told a rally in MI on Thursday to 'impeach the motherf*****'. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

"Our Congress will be refreshed and our democracy will be strengthened by this transformative freshman class", she said. Ronil Singh, the Newman, California, police officer shot to death during a December 26 traffic stop.

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