Donald Trump threatens to call national emergency to force wall approval

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"In fact, he said he'd keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years".

The impasse over paying for Trump's proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border extended the shutdown into a 14th day, but some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 voiced discomfort.

An explosive video clip in which a debutant lawmaker, Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, is heard saying "we're going to go in and impeach the motherfucker" has set the tone for a confrontation that has already brought parts of the government to a standstill.

Trump himself, however, dismissed these threats, insisting that Democrats are only looking to impeach him because they know their party can not defeat him in the next election.

'You'll see vast numbers of vehicles driving through the desert where we don't have a powerful fence or wall.That happened this week'.

But raising the stakes in his tussle with the newly emboldened Democrats, Trump threatened extraordinary measures to build the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she saw "no reason why the bills that are ready to go and on which we've achieved an agreement should be held hostage to this debate over border security".

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Speaking at an MSNBC town hall on Friday, Ms Pelosi said while she may have a "generational reaction" to the language, she is "not in the censorship business".

'We recognize on the Democratic side that we really can not resolve this until we open up government, and we made that very clear to the president, ' Pelosi said.

Democrats are flexing their muscles as the incoming majority in the US House of Representatives, introducing articles of impeachment and even quixotic constitutional amendments even though they have no hope of passing. I said stay there and enjoy yourself.

Pelosi, who was elected speaker earlier Thursday, also took a shot a Trump, calling his proposal "a wall between reality and his constituents".

The president is due to resume budget talks with top Democrats and Republicans on Friday.

The White House said Trump made calls Thursday to the family of Cpl. "If we have to stay out for a very long time, we're going to do that". "Why doesn't the Pelosi bill do that?" said White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway.

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"I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing. The people of our country want it".

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Congress should pass bipartisan bills to fund government "while we continue to fight for more border security money".

Schumer said Senate Republicans needed to help prevent the USA entering the disaster zone.

Jerry Nadler of NY told CNN: "I don't really like that kind of language, but more to the point it is too early to talk about [impeachment] intelligently". Republicans still hold the majority in the Senate.

Vice-President Mike Pence told Fox News the deal was being "talked about", but that Mr Trump said no deal was possible "without a wall".

The legislators took office Thursday in the middle of a partial government shutdown. You can call it a barrier; you can call it whatever you want.

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