Trump weighs next move on border wall as shutdown looms

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The president said this week he'd be "proud" to shut down the government over the $5 billion he wants for the wall on the southern border, but he has since taken a softer tone, tweeting, "Let's not do a shutdown, Democrats - do what's right for the American People!" He better get used to it because that's what it's going to be like now.

"Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple", Schumer says.

But the fact McCarthy guaranteed victory on his first foray into leadership of the caucus means defeat would be especially humiliating, and although some lawmakers can do without Trump, most respect McCarthy and Ryan and don't want to see either fail, he wrote. Estimates of the fraction of illegal immigrants who get to the USA that way range from two-fifths to two-thirds.

Trump kept up the pressure Thursday, saying in a video released by the White House that Schumer and other Democrats were once in favor of border barriers, but now oppose them because of Trump.

Journalists are expressing skepticism over this claim, Benson wrote, because Republicans who lost may not want to come back to Washington for what may be symbolic votes, some are mad at Trump for ridiculing them after they lost, and the leverage House passage is said to provide may not amount to all that much. Who is she trying to keep out?

The seven rebels who agreed to support Pelosi on the floor as part of the deal are Reps.

Pressed on whether she was making herself a lame-duck leader, she told reporters later: "What, four years?"

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And although Pelosi hasn't spoken to Trump since that day, she confided that he is in her prayers.

As it becomes clearer that the only way for Trump to make any progress on his wall is by giving the Democrats something, and as the re-election campaign gets closer, Trump may find himself more willing to make concessions.

"This has spiraled downwards", Pelosi said. To get anything done, Democrats have to negotiate - and compromise. After the meeting earlier this week between the President, Speaker-to-be Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, it's obvious that Democrats aren't going to give the President any ground on the issue.

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Given the tight time crunch before the January 3 speaker's vote, the caucus could vote on the rules changes after Pelosi has been elected speaker.

Several members of the CBC spoke out against the idea Wednesday, saying that leaders already face potential limits on their tenure every two years when they run for reelection. "Maybe he's figured it out and he'll tell us in due course, but I don't understand it", Cornyn told The Washington Post. If you voted before there was a 4th choice, please do so again. "I don't think he will, but for the good of this country, I hope he does", he said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos". Some are concerned Trump could cast himself as being persecuted by Democrats attempting to use the IRS to pursue their political enemies and warn his conservative backers that they might be next.

After the meeting, Pelosi and Schumer continued vilifying Trump, with Schumer describing Trump's behavior in the meeting as a "temper tantrum" and Pelosi telling colleagues, "It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you".