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Donald Trump Tells Fox News 'I Am Ready And Willing' To Talk About Government Shutdown With Nancy Pelosi And Chuck Schumer

In a New Year's Eve interview with Fox News, Donald Trump indicated that he is willing to talk to Democrats about ending the partial government shutdown that has stretched into its second week.

"I'm in Washington, I'm ready and willing and able, I'm in the White House and I'm ready to go," Trump said. "They can come over right now, they could have come over at any time. I spent Christmas at the White House, I spent New Year's Eve now in the White House. I'm here. I'm ready to go."

Trump also said that he expects talks with future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will resume once the two Democrats return to Washington.

Congress will resume on Thursday, Jan. 3 when new members are sworn into office.

"It's very important. A lot of people are looking to get their paycheck and so I'm ready to go anytime they want," Trump said of the shutdown before asserting that "we are not giving up" and that border security remains a priority, with the wall being the most important part.

Trump also discussed his decision to withdraw troops from Syria, stating that he never said that the United States would be "rushing out" from the country.

"We were supposed to be in Syria for three to four months, and that was four or five years ago," Trump said. "It's time. We have to bring (the troops) home. We are going to do it in a very good way, and frankly — and you know this better than anyone, Pete — ISIS was all over the place when I took over. It was a total mess in Syria. We've almost eradicated all of (ISIS). We think all of them will be gone by the time we get out."

Trump went on to say that the U.S. was withdrawing from Syria but would continue fighting and "do two things at once."

The interview was a pre-taped phone call between the president and Fox News' Pete Hegseth. Trump also discussed potential Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and asserted that he believes he will win re-election in 2020, as do the Democrats.

"I hope she gets the nomination, that will be wonderful for me," Trump said, continuing to comment by alluding to his record and the support Trump says he has for the border. "(The Democrats) think I'm going to win, I think based on record I'm going to win, also. I think we are going to win big. They think by obstructing that they can do this."

Correction 1/8, 2:20 p.m.: This story mistakenly referred to Nancy Pelosi as incoming House Majority Leader; she is Speaker.

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