Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump makes surprise press briefing appearance to push border wall

Trump makes surprise press briefing appearance to push border wall

"Why doesn't the Pelosi bill do that?" said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

As House speaker, Pelosi will regularly face off against President Donald Trump and will preside over an emboldened and energized Democratic majority that is poised to launch aggressive oversight of the President and his administration. In a surprise appearance at Thursday afternoon's White House press conference, Trump reiterated his demands for wall funding, saying "without a wall you can not have border security".

On Thursday, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged McConnell to put the House Democratic package on the Senate floor and send it to Trump.

"To maybe modify and reduce expectations, it's a smart political thing to do", Smith said.

"We did not come to play", the freshman class of 2019 has made clear to the White House which continues to live in its parallel universe of a border wall funding demand that was Trump's bedrock promise in 2016.

Pelosi hasn't released a fully detailed 100-hour plan this time around, arguably because Democrats don't control the Senate now.

"We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses", she wrote, accusing Trump of "abuse of power and abuse of the public trust" along with a laundry list of crimes.

In December, the Republican-controlled House approved spending to build the wall.

Mr Trump asserted it was essential to keep out illegal immigrants, amid a row over its funding which has led to a partial government shutdown in the US. White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp told reporters on Thursday.

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What started as a rebellion with a potentially devastating effect on Nancy Pelosi's winning drive to reclaim the House speaker's post officially fizzled Thursday as just 15 Democrats refused to back her bid for the job.

The new members included the first Muslim congresswoman - Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, who took her oath on the Quran - and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, who became the first person to wear a hijab in Congress.

Congressional leaders have been invited back for another meeting at the White House on Friday, two days after failing to make progress.

With the shutdown lurching into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans.

According to video and comments on Twitter, she apparently made the comments during a party hosted by the liberal activist group MoveOn.

The two sides have traded offers, but their talks broke down ahead of the holidays. The letter from Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought sought funding for a "steel barrier on the Southwest border".

"You can't have an agreement that are people are going to walk away from and that is what they did time and time again", Pelosi said. Trump said he "may consider" asking his Cabinet to forgo those raises for now.

With no negotiations over the holidays, Trump complained he had been "lonely " at the White House, having skipped his getaway to Mar-a-Lago in Florida. He also criticized Pelosi for visiting Hawaii. We must rise to defend our Constitution, to defend our democracy, and to defend that bedrock principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.

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