Trump Feuds With Democrats Ahead of a Possible Government Shutdown
Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer hope to use the negotiations to help undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children and to provide financing for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, whose funding lapsed at the end of September.
And on Capitol Hill, some progress was made on Tuesday during talks on the Republican tax bill. Mr. Trump voiced support for legislation to fund subsidies to health insurers that he had cut off, as well as another bipartisan health care measure that could lower insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act.
But the war of words in public did little to secure the Democratic support that Mr. Trump and Republican leaders will ultimately need. The president seemed to see little risk in a holiday government shutdown.
“If that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats,” he said. “If it happens, it’s going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall — which everybody wants.”
Ms. Pelosi fired back on Twitter, mocking the Republican leaders, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, for going along with the theatrics. She declared that the president “now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated.”
“His empty chair photo opp showed he’s more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people,” she continued. “Poor Ryan and McConnell relegated to props. Sad!”
The prospect of a government shutdown is another serious issue for lawmakers to grapple with alongside the tax effort. Adding to the uncertainty, Mr. Trump mused on Twitter this year that “our country needs a good ‘shutdown,’” suggesting he may possess an unconventional view of the wisdom of letting government funding lapse.