Trump, in profanity-laced meeting with lawmakers, said he preferred 'strike' to refer to government shutdown: reports

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE reportedly opened a meeting Friday with congressional leaders with an incendiary rant before saying he preferred the word “strike” to refer to the ongoing government shutdown, according to multiple reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump began Friday's heated closed-door negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (D-N.Y.) and newly minted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general MORE (D-Calif.) with a 15-minute, profanity-laced rant. Sources familiar with the meeting also confirmed the account to CNN and the Daily Beast.

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The president’s speech centered on his $5.6 billion demand for a border wall, according to CNN. The outlet reported that Trump said he would be unwilling to negotiate for any less.

The Daily Beast reported that Trump also blamed Pelosi, without being prompted, for freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTim Ryan doesn't back impeachment proceedings against Trump Tlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall Warren calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings MORE (D-Mich.) vowing at a party on Thursday that House Democrats would “impeach the motherf---er.”

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

Trump reportedly told lawmakers that he was too popular to impeach, a claim he has repeated frequently on Twitter.

“How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?” Trump tweeted Friday morning before the meeting. 

Pelosi, in response, told the president that they were gathered to discuss the shutdown, which entered its 14th day Friday, not his impeachment, sources told CNN.

The president reportedly used the word "f---" during the meeting, according to multiple reports. 

He also said he preferred the word “strike” to “shutdown.”

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been furloughed or forced to work without pay due to the partial government shutdown, which began Dec. 22 amid a standoff over Trump's demand for billions of dollars in border wall funding.

Trump on Friday also threatened to keep the government closed for “years,” if needed, in order to get his long-desired border wall, something he confirmed to reporters from a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. 

A source said Democrats in Friday's meeting were shaking their heads at the president’s behavior.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' MORE (Ky.) — one of the Republicans in the room — did not speak much during the meeting, the Daily Beast reported.

Leadership from both parties is expected to meet with Vice President Pence on Saturday morning to continue negotiations.