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Senator Chuck Schumer lambasted President Donald Trump over his demand that American taxpayers pay for a border wall.
     USA TODAY

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of using "scare tactics" to build support for his proposed US-Mexico border wall, which she had reduced from a giant, cement structure "to, I think, a beaded curtain. "

Trump and congressional Democrats remained locked in a bitter stalemate its fourth day.

The president kept a low profile on Christmas Eve, at one point on Twitter that he was "alone" at the White House waiting for Democrats to agree to a deal with reopen federal agencies. The White House said Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the security.

"At some point the Democrats do not want to make a deal will cost our Country more than the Border Wall we are all talking about, "Trump posted on Twitter. "Crazy!"

Trump told reporters late Monday that there was nothing new to report on budget negotiations.

"We need more border security," he said.

In an interview, Pelosi told USA TODAY over the weekend Trump is "being a fear monger" by asserting immigrants wants to bring drugs and other dangers into the US Experts believe

Trump ran for president on a promise to strengthen immigration restrictions and build the wall.

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"He talked about terr orists coming in that particular border, which was not so. He talked about people bringing in diseases and all the rest of that which was not so, "Pelosi, a California Democrat and presumed next Speaker of the House, told USA TODAY." He's using scare tactics that are not evidence based, and it's wrong. "

Pelosi mocked the shifting message from the White House about Trump wanted a" wall, "a fence or some other structure.

" First of all, the fact … that he says' we 'I'm not sure where he is,' he says. Pelosi said.

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Democrats, noting the march.

Democrats, noting the mar trump is "plunging the country into chaos." With both sides dug in over the shutdown, it was unclear whether or not there was any progress on the impasse. [19659008TheSenateisscheduledtomeetagainThursdayattheearliestandWhiteHouseofficialshavepredictedthatitwillbeclosedinthenewCongresswhichbeginsJan3DemocratswantstotakecontroloftheHouseonthatdayandPelosisaidsheexpectsthechambertopasslegislationtoreopenfederalagenciesquickly

Whether that measure would include additional money for the border remains unclear.

"But one thing's for sure, the first week of January we will pass legislation to open up government," Pelosi said.

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