'So the Democrats maybe will want to shutdown the country cause they want people flowing into our country, and I want people coming into our country, but I want to vet those people, and I want to vet them very carefully, ' Trump said, 'because we don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country, and we don't want to have crime in this country'. "Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes", Trump wrote on November 28. They also have no interest in a shutdown that would raise questions about their ability to govern. Congress is expected to vote on the measure this week. They know they'd still have leverage on subsequent bills needed to keep the government running.
"The Democrats are really looking at something that is very unsafe for our country", Trump told reporters at the White House.
House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who canceled a meeting with Trump last week after he posted a disparaging note about them on Twitter, said on Monday they hoped the president would remain open-minded about reaching a deal with Democrats.
"It could happen", Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, in response to a reporter's question about the Friday deadline for a spending bill to fund the government.
"President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown", she wrote.
House and Senate lawmakers still must overcome differences in competing versions of the bill before Trump can sign tax cuts into law.
"The Senate needs two more weeks?"
"We have to provide funding for community health centres and (the Children´s Health Insurance Program), as well as relief for the millions of Americans still reeling from natural disasters", they added.
They want GOP leaders to take a firmer stance in negotiations with Democrats - including opposing efforts to link an increase in defense spending, supported by most Republicans, to an increase in nondefense spending, favored by Democrats.
Democrats are also seeking an agreement to extend protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children.
Trump claimed the minority party wants illegal immigrants "pouring into our country" and they'll close the government's doors during the holiday season to keep the nation's porous borders open.
The House Republican leadership agreed to consider the December 30 date and talk to the Senate leadership about it, a House Republican leadership aide said.
Republicans have a majority in both the House and Senate.
The roughly 30-member caucus has been trying to win promises of tight budget curbs and other concessions from leaders in exchange for backing the short-term bill.
Republican leaders have delayed a planned House vote on a short-term budget bill to allow themselves more time to quell GOP divisions over spending and avert a weekend government shutdown.
Conservative leaders say they are concerned that GOP leaders may use the hoopla surrounding a final vote on the tax bill to obscure a separate vote on spending legislation that could include numerous Democratic priorities.