President Trump on Saturday invited some folks to come over to his house and play…play politics. Trump called on Democrats to “come on over and make a deal” as the partial government shutdown enters its eighth day with no agreement in sight.
“I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security,” Trump tweeted late Saturday morning.
“From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!”
The tweet came the morning after the president met with Vice President Pence, incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner at a dinner behind closed doors.
The White House administration as well as congressional Republicans have been trying to blame the partial shutdown that is affecting about 25 percent of the federal government on Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). They have also focused on an apparent split between Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) over efforts to get a deal to reopen the government.
“The vice president and I met with Leader Schumer last Saturday, the last time we sat down face to face, and my gut was that he was really interested in doing a deal and coming to some sort of compromise,” Mulvaney said Friday on Fox News. “But the more we’re hearing this week is that it’s Nancy Pelosi who’s preventing that from happening.”
Neither the House nor Senate held votes this week to reopen the government, and many agencies will likely remain closed into 2019 and when the new Congress begins on Jan. 3.
The primary issue is the money proposed for a border wall and the president this week suggested that Democrats only opposed the wall because he suggested it, not out of principle.
“The Democrats don’t want to let us have strong borders, only for one reason. You know why? Because I want it,” he said during a visit with troops in Iraq.