With a potential government shutdown looming less than two weeks away, Pelosi, the presumptive soon-to-be speaker of the House, told Mr. Trump, "you will not win" on the border wall in her meeting with him on Wednesday.
In a remarkable public argument, the likes of which is seldom seen before cameras, Mr Trump bickered with US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about funding for the wall he has promised to build on the southern border with Mexico. The president demanded border wall funding - and said he's not afraid the shut down the government over it.
It was not immediately clear which wall Trump was referring to, the West Bank security barrier or Israel's border fences - some of which are still in the process of being built. I'm told Foster had a lengthy talk with her on Sunday; was part of a meeting with Pelosi in the Capitol on Tuesday and talked with her about the deal on the House floor on Wednesday.
After Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer noted Democratic success in the midterm elections, the president asked whether Republicans had won the Senate in the November election.
Democratic aides say Pelosi and lawmakers who'd tried blocking her were in agreement that she and other current party leaders would be limited to no more than two additional two-year terms in their posts.
The president and top opposition congressional leaders had been meant to hold a reassuring Oval Office photo-op. The next big question now is what House GOP leaders, in their final days in the majority, will do to kick the legislative process into gear. "Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!"
"Right now, Chuck and I are not in a negotiation of, we're not going to do $5 billion for the wall", she said.
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The panel, per his request, will release a transcript of the interview to the public, and he can explain his answers for himself.
"If we don't get what we want one way or the other". Several aides said they believed restlessness by younger members to move up in leadership would make that hard for her to achieve.
Trump and Republicans are demanding $5 billion for the border, while Democrats say they can not agree to give more than $1.3 billion.
But Trump, whose US-Mexico wall idea was at the center of his surprise 2016 election, could not control his irritation.
Trump has said that his proposed wall would prevent drug dealers and criminals from infiltrating the country.
Trump is "certainly in a tough situation", says Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that Mexico would still technically pay for the wall, through the additional money the US will make from the not-yet-ratified United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement.
She would be the first speaker to do so since Texas Democrat Sam Rayburn took the gavel back in 1955.