House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will support a proposal to implement term limits for Democrats holding senior positions in the House of Representatives, her office announced Wednesday, a deal that will likely see her become the chamber's next speaker.
An Oval Office photo op with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer descended into a back-and-forth on the likelihood of President Trump winning votes in the House & Senate on government funding, and the effectiveness of a border wall.
Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the United States government if the Democrats refuse to vote in favour of his Mexican border wall.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered his first comment on a deadly attack at a Christmas market in France, using it as proof that increased security is required on his country's border with Mexico. There's some speculation that maybe the image of Pelosi standing up to Trump helped her a bit in those negotiations.
Pelosi's encounter with Trump came as she continues to try and win votes among fellow Democrats to be elected speaker next month. I think that point is 2020. Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat.
Members of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers scale a wall at the US-Mexico border.
In fact, he said, he's proud to do so, and will take credit for it. It's factually inaccurate, no one has ever proposed building a 2,000-mile long wall on the border.
She reiterated Thursday that the president does not have the votes he needs to get the necessary funding for his wall, something she also pointed out to Trump on Tuesday.
"Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple", Schumer says. Her opponents say Pelosi and her top lieutenants should step aside for younger leaders. "He said, 'They're paying for the wall with the money we're gonna make over the newly revised USMCA, ' formerly known as NAFTA, whatever it is, formerly known as NAFTA". White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement it was a "constructive dialogue" and said Trump was "grateful" the cameras captured him fighting to protect the border.
Because both the House and the Senate are controlled by Mr Trump's Republican Party until next month, Democratic support is needed to pass any spending legislation.
"I am pleased that we have reached an agreement which creates lasting institutional change for the Caucus", Sánchez said in a statement.
Even more revealing, however, was when the Democratic House Caucus voted on new leadership, and they overwhelmingly supported Pelosi to put her name in nomination for the speakership.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., a dissident and friend of Pelosi's, said the two began seeking middle ground after she called him around Thanksgiving.
Before the meeting, Trump threatened to have the USA military build the wall if Congressional votes can not be found.
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