Trump tells Dems to ‘come on over and make a deal’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE on Saturday 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 Trump huddled with Vice President Pence, incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback Trump expected to pitch immigration deal to end funding stalemate The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World MORE at a closed-door dinner.

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White House officials and congressional Republicans have sought to blame the partial shutdown that is affecting about 25 percent of the federal government on Speaker-designate Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Fox’s Wallace to Pence: Is government shutdown all about ‘leverage?' Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security MORE (D-Calif.).

The White House has also attempted to portray a split between Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (N.Y.) over efforts to secure 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.”

About a quarter of the federal government closed down last Saturday amid deadlocked negotiations over funding for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Neither the House nor the 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.

Republicans and Democrats are still divided over Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall as part of any funding legislation to reopen shuttered federal agencies.

The Senate had previously passed a government funding bill without extra money for a border wall, but after pressure from conservative allies, Trump declared that he would not sign the bill without money for his signature wall. 

The House passed a bill last week with $5.7 billion in border funding, but the measure does not have the votes to pass in the upper chamber.

Democrats in both chambers have declared their opposition to the border wall, with Pelosi calling it a “non-starter.”

The shutdown has resulted in the furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal employees and the shuttering of various government agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, Interior and State, among others. 

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.