President Donald Trump says he “would absolutely blame the Democrats” if there is a government shutdown next week.
Trump says as he meets with top Republican leaders that “if it happens, it’s going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall, which everyone wants.”
The Republican president had been scheduled to meet Tuesday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the House’s top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, to discuss averting a potential end-of-year shutdown.
But Schumer and Pelosi canceled after a dismissive Trump tweet.
The Republican president told reporters Tuesday that they were in a “very good position” after the Senate Budget Committee’s passage of the GOP tax plan.
Trump also went to the Capitol on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans to rally support for a sweeping tax bill. With no major legislative achievement, Trump is pushing hard for the GOP to deliver a tax cut bill to him by the end of the year.
A temporary spending bill expires Dec. 8 and another is needed to prevent a government shutdown.
Trump said as he meets with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Schumer and Pelosi are weak on crime and combating illegal immigration and want to increase taxes.
Ryan says it’s “regrettable” the Democratic leaders didn’t show up. McConnell says he can’t recall turning down an opportunity to visit White House.