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 they hoped the President would remain open-minded about reaching a deal with Democrats, on Monday.
Congress, however, has yet to pass a bill on the issue - and Democrats have threatened to withhold votes from government funding bills if protections are not put in place. "We hope the President will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement can't be reached beforehand", Schumer of NY and Pelosi of California said in a joint statement on Monday. Trump also called the pair "weak on crime" and claimed they wanted to "substantially raise taxes".
Schumer and Pelosi said that in light of the tweet, a sit-down with the president and Republican leaders would amount to a "show meeting".
On Monday, Democratic leaders in Congress accepted an invitation to meet US President Donald Trump and Republicans for talks to avert a government shutdown this week, even as the Democrats pressed demands on funding priorities and protecting young immigrants.
Democrats have said any new deal with the GOP must include an agreement on child health care and protections for Dreamers-the young, undocumented immigrants brought to the USA who were previously protected from deportation by DACA, an Obama-era program that Trump ended this summer.
Without action from Congress, the government will shut down after December 8.
Failing to keep the government funded despite running Washington could be a political headache for Republicans in 2018. He said Democrats are in an "untenable position" if they push the immigration issue to the point of a government shutdown.