Trump to meet emboldened Democrats in bid to end government shutdown

Pence said the aim of meeting is'to provide funding to end the crisis at our southern border

Pence said the aim of meeting is'to provide funding to end the crisis at our southern border

One official said the president told Democratic leaders he would "look foolish" if he ended the shutdown.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that while hundreds of federal workers go without pay, the president's cabinet secretaries, top administrators as well as Vice-President Mike Pence are expected to receive annual raises of about $10,000. She said its mission would be "to lower health costs and prescription drug prices, and protect people with pre-existing conditions; to increase paychecks by rebuilding America with green and modern infrastructure".

The president, whose entire career in politics has been fueled by his willingness to personally insult his opponents, also called upon Democrats to "rise above partisan discord, to set aside political convenience, and to put the national interest first".

President Trump has been adamant that he won't sign a bill without funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Even if the House should approve articles of impeachment - very unlikely at present - a two-thirds-majority vote to convict Trump in the Republican Senate and remove him from office would seem out of the question barring astonishing new revelations.

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"I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing". "If he gives in now, that's the end of 2019, in terms of him being an effective president", senator Lindsey Graham, a confidante of the President, has said.

She said that was in part a "generational" difference, but also called out Trump for language he has used. The bill, however, does not include the money that Trump has demanded for his border wall.

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Seeking to ease concerns, the White House sought to frame the weekend talks as a step forward, as did McConnell, who described plans for a "working group", though people familiar with the meeting said that phrase never actually came up.

"We can disagree about a lot of things but we can agree maybe now is the time to get serious about the deficit", Hassett said.

Before Friday, Trump had mentioned impeachment in his tweets only a handful of times, about a half-dozen - and two of those were from 2014 and directed at President Obama. "I don't call it a shutdown, I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and safety of our country".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters: "We told the president we needed the government open. It's not who we are as a nation". "Because we're going to go in there, and we're going to impeach the motherfucker'".

"On an nearly daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country".

Senator Jack Reed, the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticised the comments, saying in a statement: "Declaring a trumped up national emergency in order to skirt congressional approval is wrong". Polls show a majority of Americans oppose the border wall, although Republicans strongly support it.

The video concludes with footage of Trump at the border along with audio from one of his rallies in which he vows to build his promised border wall and the crowd chants "Build the wall!"

The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

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