Pelosi all but assured of becoming House speaker

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Trump is set to meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to be elected House Speaker next month.

Congress is facing a pre-holiday, partial government shutdown on December 21 at 11:59 p.m., an act that Trump previously told Politico that he'd be "totally willing to do" if Congress didn't provide $5 billion in funding to build his long-promised border wall between the USA and Mexico. Trump also said during the meeting he would gladly shut down the government and take full responsibility for it if he didn't get the wall built.

"If we don't get what we want one way or the other".

In an official readout following the meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the Democrats have "made clear they would rather keep the border open than the government open". "And I am proud".

Trump has sought to sow fear over thousands of migrants and refugees who have recently arrived at the border as part of an exodus, initially dubbed the Central American caravan.

Trump has said that his proposed wall would prevent drug dealers and criminals from infiltrating the country.

"You don't have the votes", Pelosi said.

Held over the polarizing topic of immigration policy, the Trump-Pelosi-Schumer meeting on Tuesday has Democrats and Republicans spinning competing narratives of who emerged victorious.

After the meeting, Democrat Chuck Schumer condemned Mr Trump's "temper tantrum" in the White House Oval Office.

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US House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi speaks during the tense meeting with the president in the Oval Office.

"We're doing this in a very friendly manner", Trump said, as Vice President Mike Pence sat beside him, silent and stony-faced.

If the shutdown happens it would not be the first time during Mr Trump's presidency, with thousands of workers forced to stay at home without pay for three days in January after a Senate stalemate which resulted in funding not being released.

CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon chuckled together about "NanChuck" taking on Trump over the wall.

A source on Pelosi's team said she had enough votes to win the speakership without the term limits agreement, but did do it in the name of unity.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded to questions about President Trump's legal troubles and potential impeachment efforts Thursday by telling the press that they cover those issues too much.

Trump later said he wasn't averse to "owning" a possible shutdown. Government funding runs out for about 25% of federal government spending on December 21. It goes to show you: "you get into a tickle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you".