WATCH: Trump blames Democrats for impasse on immigration reform

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But it is the fallout from his oval office slur about immigrants that still has him under fire and now on the defensive. ABC’s David Wright is traveling with the president in west palm beach, Florida. Reporter: Tonight, president trump is blaming the Democrats for the current impasse on immigration reform. “Great opportunity missed,” he tweeted today. “Too bad!” This, at the end of a week that began with trump showing off the art of the deal. I’ll take the heat. I don’t care. I don’t care. I’ll take all the heat you want to give me. Reporter: Flamboyantly hosting a televised meeting with leaders from both parties in order to demonstrate he’s a “Very stable genius” on complicated policy matters. When this group anticipate others from the senate, from the house comes back with an agreement, I’m signing it. Reporter: But what ultimately may have torpedoed the deal was the president’s own vulgar language, behind closed doors, to describe the countries whose immigrants he’d like to exclude. He said “Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. Why don’t we get more people from Norway?” That is exactly what the president said. Reporter: The president’s comments are a laughingstock in Norway. Reporter: Elsewhere the president’s comments are a cause for outrage. And the African union wants an apology not just to the afrins but to all the people of African descent around the globe. At a town hall meeting in Iowa, Republican senator chuck grassley had to answer concerns from his constituents about the commander in chief. I’m not president of the United States. I’m a check on the president of the United States. That’s my constitutional responsibility. And I guess I am going to do what I can under our constitution to make sure that nothing bad happens to our country. Lawmakers under fire there. David Wright joins us from Florida. We are days away from a possible government shutdown. This breakdown on immigration and the president’s slur could have a real impact on that, David. Reporter: That’s right, Cecilia. The federal government is due to run out of money on Friday and the Democrats hope to use that as leverage to get the deal they want. Both the house and the national are out for the holiday weekend so only a few days left to fashion a compromise. And they don’t seem anywhere close. Cecilia. The clock is ticking. Thank you, David. This week’s brief thaw

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