Schumer, Pelosi: Trump got 'what he wanted' with shutdown

Democratic congressional leaders hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE early Saturday as large swaths of the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach a deal over funding for Trump's border wall.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE (Calif.) panned the funding lapse, which they've dubbed the "Trump shutdown," while ripping what they called Trump's "temper tantrum."

"President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown and now he has gotten what he wanted," Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement shortly after the midnight deadline to fund the government passed.

“Democrats have offered Republicans multiple proposals to keep the government open, including one that already passed the Senate unanimously, and all of which include funding for strong, sensible, and effective border security — not the president’s ineffective and expensive wall," they continued.

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"If President Trump and Republicans choose to continue this Trump Shutdown, the new House Democratic majority will swiftly pass legislation to re-open government in January.”

Democratic leaders have said Trump alone is to blame for the shutdown after he declared during a televised meeting last week with Pelosi and Schumer that he'd “take the mantle” of a shutdown over his border wall.

Trump attempted to pre-empt Democratic arguments that he was to blame for the looming shutdown Friday night, arguing in a video released hours after the House and Senate adjourned for the evening that it was up to Democrats to bring the funding lapse to an end.

"Now it's up to the Senate, and it's really up to the Democrats, because we need their votes," Trump said in the video. "We're going to have a shutdown — there's nothing we can do about that."

"Call it a Democrat shutdown, call it whatever you want," he added. "Let's work together, let's be bipartisan and let's get it done. The shutdown hopefully will not last long."

Members of both chambers are expected to continue discussions on Saturday on a potential path forward to end the shutdown, though a Housed-passed plan to include $5 billion for Trump's border barrier has hit a wall in the Senate.

The latest shutdown affects about 25 percent of the federal government. White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE sent a memo to federal agencies late Friday telling them to execute preparations for a shutdown.

The Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency are all slated to be impacted by the expiring funding.