Pelosi, Schumer Say Trump Has Asked for New Meeting

Trump, Democrats to meet to avert government shutdown

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a government shutdown "could happen" and it will be Democrats' fault if it does.

"It could happen. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very unsafe for our country", he said Wednesday ahead of a Cabinet meeting, according to a White House pool report. "The Democrats are really looking at something that is very unsafe to our country". They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime'. "We don't want to have that".

'So the Democrats maybe will want to shutdown the country cause they want people flowing into our country, and I want people coming into our country, but I want to vet those people, and I want to vet them very carefully, ' Trump said, 'because we don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country, and we don't want to have crime in this country'.

Some Democrats are pushing for a year-end funding deal to include protections for undocumented immigrations who benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump is ending.

Trump in turn called the Democrats "all talk" and "no action" and said he would blame Schumer and Pelosi if the government shuts down.

The issue cast then, as now, was immigration. Pelosi said on Twitter that Trump "now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated".

"President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown", Pelosi tweeted. "We hope the President will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement canĀ“t be reached beforehand".

This week, the bigger issue for Republicans seeking to avoid a shutdown has been fellow Republicans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will also attend the negotiating session and had urged their Democratic counterparts to reschedule it.

Meanwhile, conservatives are warring with GOP leaders as well.

While many Democrats seemed likely to oppose the measure, enough were expected to support it in the Senate to allow its passage there.

Congressional Republicans said they will negotiate with Democrats on the status of young migrants in the new year, but the issue should not get tied up with consideration of a new spending plan.

Republicans want to secure funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall and increase the defense spending caps.

"No one wants a shutdown, including Freedom Caucus members", Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters. But there are still sticking points among Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate, and time is running short.

A partial government shutdown looms after Friday unless Congress passes a two-week spending bill that House Republicans introduced over the weekend.

The House is set to vote on the bill Thursday.

Meadows backed off that proposal Wednesday: "I don't know that the December 30 deadline is as much the issue now as it is about breaking this defense and nondefense wall". It's not been received well, especially since the House GOP has passed spending bills that have gone unnoticed by the Senate.

In October 2013, conservative Republicans used the need to pass a funding bill to try to force repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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