Pelosi fires back: 'Trump is the only person' talking about a shutdown

Pelosi fires back: 'Trump is the only person' talking about a shutdown
© Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Pelosi rejects litmus test on abortion The Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP MORE 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.”

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“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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCan Mueller be more honest than his colleagues? Throwing some cold water on all of the Korean summit optimism House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds MORE (D-N.Y.) are scheduled to meet with Trump to discuss year-end priorities. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHenry Kissinger, Tim Cook among guests at White House state dinner Overnight Finance: Stocks fall hard | Trump sending delegation to China for trade talks | SEC fines Yahoo M over breach | Dodd-Frank rollback dominates banking conference To keep control of House, GOP must have McCarthy as next Speaker MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Trump's nominee for the VA is on the ropes MORE (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.