President Donald Trump tore into Democratic leadership on Wednesday, a day before holding a crucial meeting with lawmakers amid a looming government shutdown.
When asked by reporters about the chances of a government shutdown, Trump replied, “it could happen,” before suggesting Democrats would be to blame, according to The Hill.
“The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous to our country. They are looking at shutting down,” Trump said.
"They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime. Tremendous amounts of crime,” Trump added. “We don’t have to have that. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country. And we want people coming into our country, but we want them to come on our basis.”
Trump's upcoming meeting Thursday with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) comes a week after the pair pulled out of a separate meeting after the president tweeted he didn't think he could reach a deal regarding spending.
The president, seated between two empty chairs, then publicly ridiculed the top Democrats for bailing on the meeting, which was also set to discuss budgetary plans. "They've been all talk, and they've been no action. And now it's even worse. Now, it's not even talk,” Trump said.