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Trump, Democrats Battle Over Wall in Oval Office Spat

Tue Dec 11, 2018 AT 4:27 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday engaged in an extraordinary argument with Democratic congressional leaders over government funding, threatening a partial shutdown if his demands for border wall money are not met.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” Trump told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., during a contentious, 17-minute exchange inside the Oval Office.

“I will take the mantle,” the president added. “I will be the one to shut it down, I’m not going to blame you for it.”

Trump’s vehemence left Pelosi and Schumer exasperated, with both leaders pleading with the president not to debate the funding request in front of the news media. Read Full Story at The Hill

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