Trump to meet with top Democrats to discuss border wall


President Trump is set to meet with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Tuesday amid mounting tensions over border security. 

The meeting comes as lawmakers face pressure to meet a Dec. 21 government funding deadline, or risk a partial government shutdown. 

Trump has threatened to allow a shutdown if his demands for $5 billion to be set aside for a U.S.-Mexico border wall are not met. 

The deadline has already been extended once, when lawmakers passed a two-week extension of a short-term spending bill on Friday, Dec. 7.

The looming threat of a government shutdown over immigration issues may seem familiar, following a three-day partial government shutdown in January 2018 over the status of undocumented immigrants. 

Only certain government agencies and departments would be impacted by a shutdown in this case, including departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Justice, State, and Homeland Security.

The meeting was originally scheduled for last week, but was delayed in the wake of George H.W. Bush’s death.

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