Despite the president's words, Republicans, trying to protect their majority in Congress, are playing down the chance of a shutdown as the November election nears.
"Republicans should stop wasting their time" on immigration reform, Trump writes on Twitter. It is hardly the first time he has abandoned his allies in a moment of need.
Speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting, Trump says he's making the open invitation through the press.
The president plans to meet late Tuesday with House Republicans as lawmakers from both parties are up in arms over the administration's policy of family separation.
"... It's very strongly the Democrats' fault," the president says, rejecting criticism that his administration's "zero-tolerance" policy has resulted in inhumane and immoral conditions.
The president has warned Congress that he will never accept another $1 trillion-plus spending bill like the one he signed in March. But Capitol Hill dysfunction could stand in his way.
Pouring billions of dollars into border zones to solve political, social, economic and ecological problems is hardly a phenomenon limited to the U.S. The border fetish has gone global.
The announcement comes after the president pledges "strong action today" on immigration and a day after he proposed using the military to secure the southern border until his border wall was erected.