Donald Trump, top Democrats in astonishing Oval Office spat

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the White House following a meeting with President Donald Trump

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the White House following a meeting with President Donald Trump

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats who have tried thwarting her drive to become House speaker seem near an accord that would all but ensure she wins the job next year. "I understand it was a rather spirited meeting", McConnell told reporters when asked by about Trump's threat.

His comments came as he opened a contentious meeting with Democratic Senate and House leaders Schumer and Pelosi, with a partial shutdown looming on December 21 when funding for some agencies will expire.

"Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus", Pelosi said in a statement. She cut deals with individual lawmakers for committee assignments and roles leading legislative efforts. Pelosi would need a majority of those present and voting in the chamber - as many as 218 - to be elected.

"It's not bad, Nancy - it's called transparency", Trump said.

As she was leaving the briefing, she informed reporters that "I did tell the president that I pray for him".

"The issue has always been what the Senate can or can't do, and that's why the president is involved in the negotiations", Scalise said.

Pelosi challenged that notion Thursday. Sanchez said Pelosi has led Democrats so long that "it's sort of ingrained" and "it's hard to overcome that". There is no guarantee that Democrats will formally approve the plan, but Pelosi embraced it anyway.

The pact followed weeks of harsh public battles among Democrats and an all-out lobbying campaign by Pelosi and her allies. Moulton argues his call for leadership wasn't meant to laser focus on Pelosi, but Leshko doesn't agree. They generally have supported a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants - but only those who meet certain criteria. She's been a strong fundraiser and unrelenting liberal who doesn't shy from political combat, and her backers complained that her opponents were mostly white men who were largely more moderate than most House Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to the press after a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

"The fact is, we did get him to say, to fully own, that the shutdown was his", she said, according to the aide.

The move by Democrats has been expected since they won the majority of the House in November's election.

A Honduran migrant is boosted up by his father and a friend as they jump the USA border wall.

The proposal also limits the time her two deputies, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), can stay in their posts, although those changes will likely have to be ratified by the full caucus.

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