President Trump will sit down with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday as lawmakers enter the frantic final weeks of the year with a federal budget deadline looming on Dec. 8, The Washington Post reports.
With military spending as a major point of debate — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected at the meeting, too — Democrats are attempting to use their leverage to protect so-called "DREAMers," or immigrants brought to the United States unlawfully as children. "You don't want to have a spending showdown shutdown crisis before the midterms next year," noted Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). "So I think it's important for both sides, honestly, to reach that agreement."
Party leaders are bracing for the unpredictable: At the last such sit-down, Trump unexpectedly sided with "Chuck [Schumer] and Nancy [Pelosi]" over raising the debt ceiling, leaving members of his own party "livid" and "shell-shocked."