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Trump clashes with Democratic leaders amid shutdown threat over border wall

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are urging the president to find another solution.

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Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump has escalated his government shutdown threat over funding for his proposed Mexico border wall at a heated White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

The president said during the open-press session: “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government.”

He said his long-promised wall will be built one way or another, and earlier pledged that the military would build it if Democrats blocked the funding.

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Nancy Pelosi, Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer (Evan Vucci/AP)

Nancy Pelosi, Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer (Evan Vucci/AP)

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Nancy Pelosi, Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer (Evan Vucci/AP)

Government funding for some agencies is set to expire on December 21, threatening a partial shutdown.

Mr Schumer and Ms Pelosi have urged the president to find another solution, with Mr Schumer saying: “We shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute.”

Mr Trump responded by saying he would be “proud to shut down the government”, and that he would “take the mantle”.

Mr Pelosi noted the meeting’s acrimony, saying: “This has spiralled downwards.”

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