House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans.
Democrats promised to use the White House gathering to push back on the President, who repeated his desire for more than US$5 billion in taxpayer money to build 320km of wall along the US-Mexico border, a demand Democrats have repeatedly denied.
Yet as the shutdown moves through its 10th day, it is clear that the House Democrats' plan to take the first legislative action since the start of the shuttering of roughly a quarter of the federal government remains a nonstarter for Republicans, who still control the chamber on the other side of the US Capitol. He said at the time he would be proud to shut down the government over the issue.
On Tuesday morning, after tweeting a New Year's message to "EVERYONE INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA", Trump tweeted: "The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall".
Trump even rejected a lower, US$2.5 billion offer Vice-President Mike Pence had extended to Democrats shortly before Christmas. Senate Republicans are reluctant to consider the House bills unless they know the president is on board.
He added that the amount of money Trump is seeking to fund a border wall is minuscule in comparison to the country's federal debt.
President Trump reiterated his demand for a border wall at a meeting of his Cabinet Wednesday, saying the border "is like a sieve" and that adding drones and technology are not enough.
Democrats are eager to move forward in the House on multiple fronts.
Democrats under Pelosi were all but certain to swiftly approve the package in two separate votes Thursday.
Sixty votes, however, are needed to advance legislation in the Senate, requiring Democratic support. It bans lawmakers from serving on corporate boards. "And we're in the majority now in the House". It will begin making its way through the newly bolstered committee process.
Incoming Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., insists the new majority can "walk and chew gum" at the same time. The Democrats have sworn he will "never" get any of it.
The last time Schumer and Pelosi met Trump at the White House, on December 11, it turned into a weird televised squabble during which Trump claimed he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the wall, and insisted he would take ownership of any shutdown.
Pelosi, who is expected to become speaker on Thursday, and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer planned to attend. She would be the first woman to hold, then return, to the office. They established a special new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis so the government can better respond to the urgency of global warming.
"Our ultimate end goal isn't a Select Committee", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted as the panel was being formed. Last month, he initially agreed to a budget deal without wall funding that would have averted a shutdown, but he reneged under pressure from conservative commentators. "A weak committee misses the point & endangers people".
"At WH, Schumer said publicly that he asked Trump point-blank in the Sit Rm today for 1 good reason not to accept bill reopening all gov agencies other than DHS". It is not open to the press.
All that to say, I don't think Democrats are going to get the clean win they are hoping for out of this shutdown.