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A contentious meeting

President Trump clashed with House and Senate Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Tuesday over funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall. During the televised meeting, Trump declared that he would shut down the government if Congress doesn’t fund the wall with $5 billion.

A close call

Last week, Trump signed a short-term spending bill that extended funding for numerous government agencies. Now, Trump and Congress must resolve their border-wall impasse, which has delayed passage of six other spending bills. Failure to do so by December 21st will result in a partial government shutdown.


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Articles that lean left condemn the idea of a southern wall. While they agree with the right on the importance of border security, they denounce Trump's wall as inefficient and his threats of a government shutdown as outrageous. Articles from this side argue his coarse behavior, particularly in comparison to Pelosi and Schumer's composure, portrays the GOP as dysfunctional.


Washington Examiner: Trump Was Right: Transparency a Good Thing in Border Wall Debate with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

Town Hall: Trump Forces Chuck and Nancy to Debate Him in Front of America, They Didn't Like It

Articles that lean right focus on Trump's push to publicize the group's meeting. These outlets laud what they see as Trump's commitments to transparency and to his long-standing campaign promise. They prioritize national security via secure borders and praise Trump's pledge to protect Americans.

Will the government shut down?

It's hard to say. Following the meeting, Schumer urged Trump to pass the other spending bills and provide a year-long extension of the current Homeland bill. However, seeing that Trump has been making this threat for months, we anticipate a divisive ongoing battle between the president and Democrats.

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