Schumer: 'We haven’t heard from' Trump since he stormed out of White House meeting

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US Colombian official urges more help for Venezuelan migrants MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that he hasn't spoken to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE in roughly a week as the partial government shutdown drags on with no end in sight. 

“I’ll meet with him anytime he wants. As you know, the last I spoke with him was when he walked out, threw a temper tantrum and walked out, so we haven’t heard from him since then," Schumer told reporters on Tuesday, asked when he last spoke with the president.


Schumer and other members of congressional leadership went to the White House on Wednesday to meet with Trump and other Republican leaders. But Trump stormed out of the meeting after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote MORE (D-Calif.) said she would not negotiate border wall funding even if he agreed to fully reopen the government.

Roughly a quarter of the government has been closed since Dec. 22, forcing approximately 800,000 federal employees to be furloughed or work with pay.

But the stalemate in talks between Schumer and Trump comes as GOP leadership say it's up to congressional Democrats and the president to negotiate an agreement.

"There's no way around it. Having show votes in the Senate doesn't solve the problem," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters on Tuesday. 

Trump is demanding more than $5 billion for the border wall, while Democrats say $1.3 billion is their cap in negotiations and that it would need to go toward fencing instead of a concrete physical barrier. 

The House passed a package earlier this month that would fully reopen the government. One bill would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, while the other would fund the rest of the impacted departments and agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

But McConnell has said for weeks that he will not bring up a bill that lacks Trump’s support. He blocked the House package earlier Tuesday. 

"The solution to this is a negotiation between the one person in the country who can sign something into law, the president of the United States, and our Democratic colleagues," McConnell said.