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Pelosi, Schumer and Trump argued with cameras rolling Tuesday over funding for Trump's long-promised southern border wall, with Pelosi drawing praise for challenging Trump to whip the votes for the wall in the Republican House-until Democrats take over next month-and later declaring the wall was tied to Trump's "manhood", or lack thereof.

Trump is meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the White House on Tuesday, as lawmakers and the administration negotiate spending legislation to avoid a partial government shutdown after Dec 21.

The US president claimed that if the Democrats will not approve funding for his border wall, he was willing to allow a lapse in federal government funding which would see large parts of the government close down.

"Yes, if we don't get what we want one way or the other., I will shut down the government", he said.

Trump had repeatedly threatened a government shutdown over the $5 billion he is demanding for his proposed border.

Pelosi hardly saved her disdain for Trump for the private audience, letting it rip in slightly more respectful tones a few hours earlier when the president invited journalists into the Oval Office for what were billed as talks over the national budget.

Vice president Mike Pence sat next to Mr Trump with a stony face as he remained silent during the exchange.

In full view of the press, Mr. Trump sparred with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer and made unsubstantiated claims about migrants bringing communicable diseases into the USA and the extent to which a border wall between the US and Mexico had already been built.

"I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press on this", complained Pelosi during the meeting, prompting Trump to say, "It's not bad, Nancy".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in the past said Israel's wall on the border with Egypt, built to stem the flow of illegal African migrants, could serve as a model for the U.S. "I need you to give me great understanding and wisdom, Lord, '" Pelosi added, NBC News said.

"If you really want to find out how effective a wall is, just ask Israel", Trump said.

"We wish to thank Nancy Pelosi for her willingness to work with us to reach this agreement", Vela and the others said.

"When the president brags that he won North Dakota and IN, he's IN real trouble", Mr Schumer said.

Schumer said, "This temper tantrum that he seems to throw will not get him his wall". The proposal to implement a new rule that would impose term limits was tentatively agreed upon Wednesday by seven members of the Democratic caucus who had said they would oppose her, but lawmakers were waiting on Pelosi's office to officially announce her support for it.