President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day 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!”
I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2018
The tweet came the morning after Trump huddled with Vice President Pence, incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 11, including Pierson, other rally organizers MORE and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump attacks Meghan McCain and her family McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE at a closed-door dinner.
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 PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.).
The White House has also attempted to portray a split between Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPricing methane and carbon emissions will help US meet the climate moment Democratic senator: Methane fee could be 'in jeopardy' Manchin jokes on party affiliation: 'I don't know where in the hell I belong' 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.