Top Democrats blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE on Monday, accusing him of derailing last-minute funding talks meant to avert a government shutdown by pressing for border wall funding.
Trump administration officials doubled down over the weekend on their public demand that Democrats include some funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall in the government funding bill. And Trump has renewed his push for the wall on Twitter, calling it key to "stopping drugs from pouring into our country" in tweets Monday.
Pelosi accused Trump of threatening to take "food out of the mouths of babies and seniors and education, clean air, clean water, scientific research off the table in significant way in order for him to pay for his immoral, ineffective, unwise proposal."
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that if the White House backed away from the government funding talks, lawmakers could meet Friday's deadline.
He added that Democrats would be "happy to debate this wall" after Trump has handed over a plan. Any funding proposal would likely need the support of at least eight Democrats in the Senate to overcome a 60-vote procedural threshold for legislation.
The joint press call with Schumer, Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez comes as the Trump administration nears its 100th day in office with few legislative accomplishments. Democrats used the conference call to knock Trump for "100 days of broken promises."
"The most remarkable thing about the first 100 days in my mind is not so much what Donald Trump is trying to do to America, but it is the resistance that has come forth across this country," Perez said.