Schumer withdraws offer to boost funds for Trump's border wall: report

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) has reportedly withdrawn an offer he previously made regarding funding for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE's border wall.

Schumer told the White House through an aide that he was withdrawing the offer to give more than $1.6 billion in funding for Trump's proposed border wall, Politico reported.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks McConnell: 'Past time' for immigration-border security deal MORE (D-Ill.). speaking on the reported offer, said Schumer "took it off."

"He called the White House yesterday and said it's over," Durbin said, according to Politico.

Schumer and Trump met at the White House last Friday to talk about a potential deal ahead of the midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown and Schumer reportedly offered an increase in funding for Trump's proposed border wall.

Schumer said this past weekend that he agreed to discuss the U.S.-Mexico border as part of negotiations with Trump, but wasn't able to win him over.


"During the meeting, in exchange for strong [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

Early Saturday morning, Schumer said the two had a "lengthy and substantive discussion," and Trump appeared to be on board during their meeting.

Schumer's floor speech came after Democrats emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting on Friday evening, claiming the two men had been close to a deal but the president balked. A Senate aide this past weekend confirmed that Trump had walked away from a potential deal.

One Democratic aide told Politico that Trump had "missed an opportunity to get the wall."

The Politico report comes after Trump on Monday night signed a stopgap funding bill, officially ending the three-day government shutdown.

Trump signed the bill after Senate Democrats struck a deal on the legislation earlier in the day.

Senate Democrats agreed to the deal after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk MORE (R-Ky.) promised to hold a debate on a bill to extend protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Some Democrats, including many eyeing 2020 presidential bids, slammed the deal and voted against it.

Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke out against the deal, saying there was no reason to support it.

“I don’t see that there’s any reason — I’m speaking personally and hearing from my members — to support what was put forth,” Pelosi said at a press briefing Monday shortly before Schumer signaled Senate Democrats would agree to it.

Updated at 12:37 p.m.