Pelosi questions Trump's manhood, compares him to skunk after border wall meeting

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At one point Ms Pelosi told Mr Trump, "I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press".

Kurt Schrader is continuing to oppose House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's bid to once again assume the speakership, despite a new pact she reached with seven of Schrader's fellow dissidents.

Democrats have said they want to scrutinize Trump's tax returns to see whether he has any conflicts of interest. At some point, she really does have to give way to a younger generation. It was their biggest gain of House seats since the 1974 post-Watergate election. She cut deals with individual lawmakers for committee assignments and roles leading legislative efforts. But a small group of defectors who have agitated for new leadership at the top of the party have been threatening to withhold their votes when the new Congress convenes January 3 for a formal vote on the House floor.

"We gave the president two options that would keep the government open", Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer said in a statement after the meeting. She told reporters Thursday that she's "comfortable" with it limiting her time with the gavel to four more years.

Police union officials identified the suspected assailant as Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old with a long police record for crimes including armed robbery.

The proposed rule change will most certainly push Pelosi over the top in terms of speaker votes - she needs 218 votes on the floor - but a handful have still said they will vote against her.

The question of whether Pelosi would be elected speaker has distracted attention from Democrats' 2019 agenda focusing on health care, jobs and wages, and infrastructure projects.

Trump, who leads chants of "build the wall" at campaign rallies, has been frustrated in the first two years of his administration. There is no guarantee that Democrats will formally approve the plan, but Pelosi embraced it anyway. "We shouldn't shut down the government over a dispute, and you want to shut it down". Moulton argues his call for leadership wasn't meant to laser focus on Pelosi, but Leshko doesn't agree. But Pelosi has indicated she'll comply with them in any event.

The president contended that it could only pass if it met his demands for more funding for his proposed border wall along the United States southern border.

The agreement, to be ratified by the House Democrats on February 15, also proposes term limits on Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who is 79 and Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., who is 78. A fourth term would need to be subject to approval by two-thirds of the caucus. "And if it was hard, she didn't make it seem that way". Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the minority leader of the Senate. Both are also in their late 70s. The new limits would apply retroactively to Pelosi as well as incoming Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and incoming Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of SC.