House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired back at President Trump on Wednesday after he said a government shutdown “could happen” on Saturday and that Democrats would be to blame.
“President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown,” Pelosi tweeted. “Democrats are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open.”
Speaking to reporters at the White House earlier Wednesday, Trump suggested that Democrats’ stance on immigration would be to blame if government funding lapses.
“It could happen,” Trump said. “The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous to our country. They are looking at shutting down.”
“They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime,” Trump continued. “Tremendous amounts of crime.”
The escalating rhetoric comes one day before Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are scheduled to meet with Trump to discuss year-end priorities. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are also slated to attend.
Pelosi and Schumer backed out of a similar meeting last week after Trump tweeted that he did not “see a deal” with Democrats on spending.
Trump, in turn, called the Democrats “all talk” and “no action” and said he would blame Schumer and Pelosi if the government shuts down.
“If that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats,” he said.
Lawmakers are working to pass a temporary government funding bill before the Friday deadline, after which the government would shut down.
Some Democrats are pushing for a year-end funding deal to include protections for immigrations who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump is ending. The program allows immigrants who came to the country illegally as children to work and go to school.
But Republicans have said they will not include a fix for DACA in the spending bill, arguing the issue should be handled separately.
Source: The Hill (Avery Anapol)
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