Pelosi questions Trump's manhood, compares him to skunk after border wall meeting
- Author: Joey Payne Dec 16, 2018,
Dec 16, 2018, 0:54
Trump tweeted the threat hours before Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi were to meet with Trump at the White House in an effort to avert a possible partial government shutdown on December 21, when funding for some agencies is scheduled to expire.
Although it must be noted: The new female Speaker of the House basically calling Trump a cuck after their first meeting is a fine teaser for the dramatic upcoming third season of this garbage reality show we now live in.
By far, the biggest unresolved issue is the border wall.
U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month. "I will take the mantle".
The president, however, was less enthused by this designation (#TrumpShutdown is now trending on Twitter), retorting, "A what?"
"Did you say 'Trump?'" the president asked.
Republican leaders, meanwhile, said they have the votes in the House to approve Trump's request for $5 billion for the southern border wall in a must-pass spending bill - but weren't sure they wanted to bring it up with no assurance that the plan could get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate.
While Pence was also present at the meeting, his noticeable silence has provided for internet fodder.
Democrats have grown almost exasperated working with Trump who, after nearly two years in office, still doesn't seem to understand Congress and can't always stick to his decisions and close the deal.
But Trump, whose US-Mexico wall idea was at the centre of his surprise 2016 election victory, could not control his irritation.
Hours before the meeting, Mr Trump tweeted that "the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall".
Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and incoming House Homeland Security chairman, said Tuesday that using the military to build the wall "just doesn't make any sense".
Tuesday's fight kicked off when Ms Pelosi told Mr Trump that Americans did not want to see a "Trump shutdown", touching a nerve.
Donald Trump, top Democrats in astonishing Oval Office spat
If Mr Trump rejects that, Democrats are likely to urge a continuing resolution that funds all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels until September 30, an aide said.
If there is no agreement by the end of next week, funding will run out for the Homeland Security Department and other agencies including the Justice, Interior and Agriculture departments.
"Republicans still control the House, the Senate, and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open", Pelosi and Schumer stated. "It's his choice to accept one of those options or shut the government down".
"It's been very effective", he said.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has all but ensured that she'll be elected House speaker in January by agreeing to limit how long she'd serve in the post to no more than four additional years.
"If I needed the votes for the wall in the House, I would have them in one session, it would be done", Trump bragged.
Pelosi, who told reporters she thought the Democrats had left things "in a pretty good place", said she had prayed with Trump during the private portion of the meeting, recounting the biblical story of King Solomon asking God for wisdom.
"The fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his", she said to applause, according to the aide.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he hasn't given up hope that a shutdown can be averted.
"It is my understanding that Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries and incoming Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern plan to bring up this proposal for a discussion and a vote by February 15", said Pelosi.
"I'd like to see a smooth ending here", he said.
Not everyone on the Democratic side is pleased with the turn of events, and Republicans made clear they are more than eager to accommodate Pelosi's rise, employing the kinds of attacks they have for years used against her.