There was an effort made, at the invitation of President Trump, for Chuck Schumer to come to the White House on Friday and avoid this. They sat down for lunch, four of them, both president, Schumer. Each one brought their aides, John Kelly, Mike Lynch and they reached a basic agreement.
In that agreement, Chuck Schumer made major concessions to the president to get this job done. Two hours later, the White House called and said it's over, we're not interested. The Republican controlled congress has refused to fund the government, been unable to fund the government. They can't resolve the issues within their own ranks.
And so they give us one continuing resolution after the next. And now we are piling up all the things that need to be done, and now we are facing a deadline created by President Trump when it comes to DACA. So we feel there's a urgency for us to come together and do it quickly.
And I hope it's just a matter of hours or days. But we need to have a substantive answer, and the only person who can lead us to that is President Trump. This is his shutdown.