Trump aide says Schumer needs to 'up his game' amid shutdown

Trump aide says Schumer needs to 'up his game' amid shutdown
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White House budget director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyGaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump Trump says he may lower corporate tax rate to 20 percent if reelected Is Social Security safe from the courts? MORE fired back at Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday after the senator said negotiating with the president was like "negotiating with Jell-O." 

"Mr. Schumer has to up his game and be more honest with the president of the United States if we are going to be seeing progress on that front," Mulvaney told reporters at the White House. 

Mulvaney was referencing Schumer's claim that he offered to put President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE’s request for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border “on the table” at a White House meeting on Friday.

"Chuck Schumer actually had the gall to look at the president and said 'I am giving you everything you asked for the wall' and then, when pressed, he admitted that he was not doing it," he said. 

"That's the type of the negotiation that Mr. Schumer has been engaged in with the president. You have to ask yourself, at what point does it become profitable to work with somebody like that?" he continued. 

Schumer said the president agreed to try for a four- or five-day government stopgap spending measure to give him and congressional leaders just enough time to reach a deal.

Trump changed his mind, however, according to Schumer.

"Several hours later he called back. He said, ‘So, I hear we have a three-week deal.’ I said, 'No, Mr. President, no one is even talking about a three-week deal,' ” the minority leader said. 

Schumer's communications director, Matt House, fired back at Mulvaney after the press briefing on Saturday and accused him of lying. 



The back-and-forth comes hours after the government shut down after Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach a deal on funding.