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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York pinned the government shutdown on President Donald Trump, saying it has become "next to impossible" to negotiate with the White House.

In a press availability, Schumer said he and Trump have been close to a deal to fund the government at least once.

But, he said the "hard right" in the Republican Party later convinces Trump not to strike a deal with him.

"[Trump] won't take yes for an answer," Schumer said.

Schumer said that he does not know whether Trump's apparent waffling on a deal is the work of adviser Stephen Miller, a former aide to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who made news for a contentious interview on CNN last week.

He said that every time a deal with the White House is close, he will get a phone call telling him otherwise.

Schumer slammed the conservative wing of the Republican Party, accusing them of holding the well-being of DACA recipients "hostage."

"It's next to impossible to strike a deal with the president because he can't stick to terms," Schumer said.

Earlier Saturday, Trump said Schumer and the Democrats are instead holding the military "hostage" because they seek "unchecked illegal immigration."

"[We] can't let that happen," Trump tweeted.

Trump said Schumer wanted the shutdown to happen because it may diminish the success of the Republican tax reform plan

He also tweeted that Republicans must win several more Senate seats this November, since the Republicans could not stop the government from shutting down without a 60-vote plurality.

They currently hold a 51-seat majority, but are also temporarily without the vote of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is recovering from a health issue.

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