Schumer called shutting down the government over Christmas "a awful idea, one of the worst to come down the pike in a very long time".
The president's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Tuesday that Trump would consider other options than demanding $5 billion for the border wall. The President's legislative affairs director, Shahira Knight, was in the middle of arguing that instead of pushing for the border fight so close to the midterm elections, the White House should hold off until after November when they would be in stronger position to fight over funding.
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Trump had "gotten word" to him that he would either be "getting funding to the border or he's shutting the whole thing down".
Trump tweeted Wednesday: "One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!"
More than 800,000 government workers are facing the prospect of being furloughed or sent to work without pay beginning at midnight Friday, disrupting government operations days before Christmas. A punt actually helps improve the field advantage.
The White House says Trump won't travel to Florida on Friday as planned for Christmas if the government is shutting down.
The uncertainty sent lawmakers scrambling to devise a solution that could keep funds flowing to some government agencies after Friday's deadline.
"Democrats earlier proposed keeping funding at $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall".
The Senate has approved legislation to temporarily fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown over President Donald Trump's border wall. They say he will have even less leverage when Democrats take control of the House on January 3.
"This seems to be the reality of our political moment", McConnell said.
That was a reversal from earlier this week, when the White House had said Mr. Trump could sign a bill without the money, particularly since he'd asked his Cabinet to try to scrounge cash from their own budgets to use for wall-building without needing to get new money from Capitol Hill.
Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal.
House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., confirmed to CNN's Ryan Nobles that House Republicans will add $5 billion in funding for border security and disaster relief to the current continuing resolution.
But on Thursday morning, the future of that plan was thrust into question after Trump tweeted his frustration at having to swallow another spending measure that doesn't include funds for the wall. Schumer said there will be no wall money, "plain and simple". She called it a "good sign" that the White House appeared to be backing off its demands. Congress had been on track to fund the government but lurched Thursday when Trump, after a rare lashing from conservative supporters, declared he would not sign a bill without the funding.
"We want smart, effective border security", Schumer said.
Some within the administration cautioned that it was possible Trump would change his mind and end up rejecting the stopgap bill, prompting a holiday shutdown that could prove politically damaging.
Thursday's House vote was a victory for conservatives, who had predicted wall money could pass - Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer had told the president last week the House wouldn't be able to muster the votes.
Trump then tweeted that no matter what happened in the Senate, Republican House members "should be very proud of themselves".
By postponing decisions on spending for agencies that include the Departments of Justice, Commerce, Interior, and Agriculture, Democrats will have more power over the process next year when they take majority control of the House, though that will also put a greater spotlight on their responsibility for the process. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it has nearly no chance of passing.
"Who would want to shut the government down?" he said.
Congress is now trying to pass legislation that would avoid a partial government shutdown. Congress often approves their pay retroactively, even if they were ordered to stay home.