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President Donald Trump said on Friday he could use emergency powers to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border without Congress' approval, threatening to bypass Democratic lawmakers emboldened by their recent takeover of the House of Representatives. Nearly certainly, Trump would be charged with abusing his power, or impeachment articles would be drafted and passed onto the senate, where Republicans would be forced to come to Trump's aid or else finally denounce the party's embarrassment of a leader-unless this rock-solid argument persuaded them otherwise.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said he would attend the briefing, which is set for Wednesday.

It will be Trump's first meeting with Pelosi, who will take over as speaker of the House on Thursday, and Schumer, the Senate minority leader, since an acrimonious Oval Office meeting with the pair on December 11.

About a quarter of the federal government is shut down, with roughly 800,000 workers affected.

Congress has adjourned until Tuesday, meaning the shutdown will last into next week.

"The fact is, a wall is an immorality", Pelosi continued, standing firmly against the president's push for border wall funding.

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Rep. Jim Cooper did not vote for Nancy Pelosi when she was elected as Speaker of the House on Thursday.

"Border Security and the Wall "thing" and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!"

President Trump is considering a plan to misuse an emergency authority and divert substantial resources from our military to build a wall on the southern border. Republicans, Democrats and the White House would then continue hashing out a deal over the wall.

The Democrats' two-part spending package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8 and provide $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

Federal agencies such as the Justice Department, Commerce Department and departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior and Treasury have been hit by the shutdown. McConnell has said Senate Republicans will not approve a spending measure not supported by Trump.


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