During the hours leading up to the government shutdown, President Donald Trump invited Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to the White House to negotiate the outline of a deal, which both sides believed was in reach. After several more conversations during the day, the deal fell apart and the Senate failed to pass a measure to keep the government funded.
Below is a tick-tock of the Trump-Schumer interactions in the hours leading up to the shutdown, according to a Democratic source familiar with their interactions on Friday.
10:45 a.m.: President Trump calls Sen. Schumer
The two men had a good conversation, both agreeing they weren’t that far apart on the key issues, and that neither side wanted a shutdown, according to the source.
Schumer told the president that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t make a move without the president.
During the phone call, Trump and Schumer agreed to sit down so that they could hash things out.
Lunchtime: Trump and Schumer meet in the small dining room off of the Oval Office
In a meeting that lasted 90 minutes, Trump and Schumer discuss the overall construct of a possible agreement on both funding the government and providing legal status to the dreamers — undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as young children.
According to the source, Schumer agreed to increase defense to spending to the level in the National Defense Authorization Act numbers, above what the White House had requested. Schumer also agreed to consider the full amount the White House had requested for border security — above the amount included in the DACA proposal worked out by Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.