Donald Trump threatens years-long government shutdown, emergency powers to build wall

Donald Trump threatens years-long government shutdown, emergency powers to build wall

President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) informed him in a private meeting that Democrats did not intend to impeach him.

The president called the meeting with congressional leaders "very, very productive", a stark contrast from Democrats calling it "contentious". While providing additional money for border fencing and other border security, the spending bill package would not provide funding for the president's long-desired concrete border wall, which in recent weeks has transformed into a wall with "steel slats".

It will be Trump's first meeting with Pelosi, who will take over as speaker of the House on Thursday, and Schumer, the Senate minority leader, since an acrimonious Oval Office meeting with the pair on December 11.

President Donald Trump threatened to keep the United States government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump's request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border.

He dismissed those concerns in a news briefing at the White House.

President Trump says he might declare a national emergency and order the military to build his wall. "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country". In fact, no construction of the border wall that he's demanded funding for has been started, much less completed.

President Trump is considering a plan to misuse an emergency authority and divert substantial resources from our military to build a wall on the southern border.

The House Democrats' measure does not contain the $5 billion Trump wants in wall funding.

The legislation will set the stage for the first major battle of the new Congress between House Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republicans led by McConnell.

The partial shutdown is straining the country's immigration system, worsening backlogs in courts and complicating hiring for employers.

House Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat, asked the Internal Revenue Service in a letter on Friday to explain the possible effects of the shutdown on the upcoming tax filing season for millions of Americans.

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