"It could happen", Trump said about a shutdown.
But Trump unexpectedly tossed a hand grenade into the mix when he told reporters that a shutdown "could happen" and blamed Democrats. He said Democrats "want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime".
'We don't want to have that.
'So the Democrats maybe will want to shutdown the country cause they want people flowing into our country, and I want people coming into our country, but I want to vet those people, and I want to vet them very carefully, ' Trump said, 'because we don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country, and we don't want to have crime in this country'.
This will give the GOP and Democrats time to hash out a deal on a funding bill that is expected to include a variety of other issues.
Trump had been scheduled to meet Schumer and Pelosi last week but they skipped the talks after the president tweeted preemptively that he did not expect them to come to an agreement.
Republicans want the public focus to be on the party's prized $1.5 trillion tax bill, which they hope to enact by Christmas.
Responding to Trump's statement on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a statement did not indicate Democrats would be backing out of Thursday's meeting.
Trump had been asked as he finished a statement to the press about the possibility that spending authorization would run out, forcing the federal government to send all essential workers home until they approve a bill.
A key House Republican leader acknowledges that some tax cuts in the sweeping tax legislation must expire to comply with Senate budget rules. He said Democrats are in an "untenable position" if they push the immigration issue to the point of a government shutdown.
"We're hopeful that in the next few hours we'll be able to figure out a strategy where we don't have to rely on any Democrats to make this work, and I think that's what we're all about", said Rep. Two aides familiar with the meeting but not authorized to discuss it publicly said the lawmakers discussed the legislative agenda for weeks ahead.
Conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus asked House Republican leaders to extend the duration of the stopgap measure through December 30 in exchange for their votes for the House to go to conference with the Senate on tax legislation, which moved Congress closer to a final bill for a major tax overhaul.
Democrats have been using their leverage to insist on spending boosts for health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would match increases Republicans want for defense.
He has also demanded that Congress appropriate funds for his proposed border wall, which he says is a matter of national security. "And so what they do is they hold that hostage in trying to get things that are not in the best interest of the American taxpayer, and so it is truly trying to have a real plan to break that". Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said they are seeking to make it as hard as possible for Democrats to oppose spending bills that hike spending on the military but not on other domestic programs. But they will need some Democratic support to get the spending bill past Senate procedural hurdles that require 60 votes, since there are only 52 Republicans in the 100-member chamber.