Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that the decision he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made to skip a meeting last week with President Trump "absolutely" helped Democrats.
“We showed the president — no games, this is serious stuff," Schumer told reporters. "We think he learned, and he invited us back this week."
Republican leaders are discussing a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government funded until Dec. 22, although the House Freedom Caucus is pushing for an extension until Dec. 30. Schumer and Pelosi are expected to have a chance to talk about spending with Trump when they meet Thursday.
“We were pleased to accept the president’s invitation to meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss the year-end agenda," Schumer said. “We hope that this time, unlike last time, the president will come to the meeting with an open mind and be willing to work in a bipartisan way to tackle the many issues were confronting before the end of the year.”
Schumer also dismissed the question of whether Democrats would shut down the government if a legislative fix for the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“We don’t think we’re going to get to that,” Schumer said. “There are good negotiations occurring between Democrats and Republicans to come up with a good DACA program as well as some good border security. So we think we’re moving in the right direction there.”
Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., are in the midst of negotiations they hope to pass a DACA replacement by the end of the year.