Trump, Democratic Congress leaders exchange blasts over border wall - USA

Sunday, 16 Dec, 2018

Pelosi announced the incoming Democratic caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries and the incoming House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern plan to bring it up for a vote in caucus on February 15. It would also signal a major shift for Democrats, who, despite the striking diversity and demographic shifts within their party, have governed for more than a decade with the same trio at the helm. Schumer said last week that money can be used for fencing and other features, rather than "to construct any part of President Trump's 30-foot-tall concrete border wall". "He said, 'They're paying for the wall with the money we're gonna make over the newly revised USMCA, ' formerly known as NAFTA, whatever it is, formerly known as NAFTA".

That set the stage for what came next: Trump and Pelosi haggling over vote counts, along the way highlighting Trump's long-term disengagement from the legislative process. It's like a beeline; she goes right for that person. Mexico has said it will not.

If it passes, senior Democrats would be allowed to serve three two-year terms, and an additional fourth term if a Democratic two-thirds majority votes to stay the course. The new Congress is sworn in January 3, and Pelosi is nominated for her second stint as speaker of the House and second in the line of presidential succession. "She had a great week". They also said her demonization as an out-of-touch radical in tens of millions of dollars' worth of Republican television ads was costing Democrats seats.

But mostly, I think, it's to bait Trump into digging in on the shutdown, which Dems think will be a victor for them politically.

Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi has struck a deal with some of her party rebels intent on denying her the House speakership, paving the way for her to reclaim the position she lost eight years ago.

The agreement struck comes weeks after Moulton, Rep. Tim Ryan of OH and Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY circulated a letter among incoming and returning House members, seeking signers to pledge not to vote for the San Francisco Democrat. Pelosi has promised to abide by the deal regardless of the vote. Steny Hoyer, 79, is in line to become the Democratic majority leader, and James Clyburn, 78, to hold the No. 3 post of majority whip.

"I'm not for term limits".

But Thursday, the speaker-in-waiting capped off the week-that-was by recapping what had just happened - in case anyone missed the social media memes of Pelosi in that coat, exiting the White House.

The president tweeted the threat hours before Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi were scheduled to meet him at the White House in an effort to avert a possible partial government shutdown on December 21, when funding for some agencies is scheduled to expire. "I mean really? Really?"

Pelosi told reporters she had asked Trump to pray about resolving the dispute, recounting the biblical story of King Solomon asking God for wisdom.

I'm looking forward to the exchange of hot takes after this between two of the most annoying segments of the pundit class, the group that thinks Pelosi is an indispensable political genius and the group that's forever moaning when more respectable politicians "sink to Trump's level" with personal insults.

A closed-door meeting between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders lasted barely 30 minutes Tuesday after a heated televised opening session "spiraled downwards", in the words of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi said, "They were saying six months". She says that would diminish her clout by making her a lame duck. "No, I don't think that's a lame duck".

"Our position is the president's position", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters at a news conference.

She'll be the first House speaker in 50-plus years to reclaim the gavel after an absence, not since legendary speaker Sam Rayburn returned in 1955.