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AP Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Democrats dynamic

AP Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Democrats dynamic”

Following her Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi became a near-instant meme when she walked out of the White House wearing a burnt orange, high neck peacoat and a pair of sunglasses. He insisted the military can build it if Democrats won't vote for the funding.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning linked the suspected terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France, to Democratic leaders' refusal to grant him the funding to build a wall on the USA border with Mexico. If Trump "wants to shut down the government over Christmas over the wall, that's his decision", he said.

Democrats have argued that if there is a partial shutdown, Trump and Republicans will be to blame due to their political pursuit of a wall that doesn't meet genuine national security goals.

Schumer and Pelosi are urging the president to find another solution, with Schumer saying "we shouldn't shut down the government over a dispute".

Pelosi and Schumer have a mixed record meeting with Trump.

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

Democrats, too, suggested the meeting ended well enough, noting that Trump neither accepted nor rejected their offer to fund the government with up to $1.6 billion for border security, rather than the $5 billion he's been demanding for the wall. "I will shut down the government." - in meeting with Pelosi and Schumer. "We have already built large new sections & fully renovated others, making them like new." - tweets.

The Democrats said they have given Trump two options to keep government open, and the responsibility lay with him and Republicans who control Congress.

The tone was set when Trump joked to Schumer about wall funding being "easy" and Schumer snidely corrected him, "It's called funding the government, Mr. President". "That has to be our priority", said Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, the incoming chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

That gave Democrats some momentum heading into the talks, which also could veer into bipartisan bills on criminal justice reform and reauthorising farm programmes. Trump on Tuesday threatened to let that happen if the Democrats do not agree to provide funding for a southern border wall. Pelosi told Trump repeatedly that he did not have the votes in either chamber to get approval for funding of his proposed wall.

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"It's not a manhood thing", Graham said.

Opponents say the wall is not only a waste of money but has been used by the president to whip up xenophobia.

If Trump rejects that, Democrats will likely urge a continuing resolution that funds all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through September 30, an aide said. "That will happen. Whether it's a tax or whether it's a payment", Trump said previous year. "I said you probably don't know who I spoke most about on the campaign trail - what president I spoke most about".

While Smith agreed that border security is important, he argued that the main challenge facing civil authorities is from asylum seekers, not illegal immigrants.

If there's a better way to secure the border than the $5 billion plan Trump has laid out, Democrats "need to come with an alternative", Scalise said Monday. They want Open Borders for anyone to come in.

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