Trump's chat with Schumer comes less than 24 hours after the House late Thursday night passed a measure to keep the government funded for another four weeks. But, the fate of the bill is uncertain in the Senate, where at least six Republican senators have come out against the measure and Democrats are confident they can block it from advancing.
Democrats have said they want a deal on the fate of so-called Dreamers — young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — whose protection from deportation expires in March, before they support another spending bill.
Schumer has proposed a shorter stop-gap measure, lasting just four or five days, to be used as a hard deadline on an agreement on government spending levels and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.
Trump's stepped up efforts to avoid a shutdown could be explained, in part, by the fact that he has previously revealed that the fault of any government shutdown lies with the commander in chief.
In a September 2013 interview with Fox News, Trump made clear it's the president who should get blamed for a shutdown.
“Well if you say: Who gets fired? It always has to be the top. I mean, problems start from the top. And they have to get solved from the top. And the president’s the leader and he’s gotta get everybody in a room and he’s gotta lead," he said then. "In 25 years and 50 years and 100 years from now when the government, you know, they talk about the government shutdown, they’re gonna be talking about the president of the United States. Who was the president at that time?"
"I really think the pressure is on the president," he said.