HONOLULU - Signs of possible progress have been made in the stalemate over border funding that has the partial government shutdown dragging into day 12.

President Trump suggested to Fox News that he is ready to deal, but is standing firm on his demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall.

Now, President Trump has invited speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House Wednesday -- along with republican leaders. But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says they are being invited for a "border security briefing from senior Homeland Security officials."

"I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it," said President Trump.

But with democrats set to take control of the House when they come back into session Thursday -- President Trump Tweeted directly at Pelosi Tuesday, saying "Lets make a deal." 

Pelosi fired back in a Tweet, saying the president has given Democrats, "A great opportunity to show how we will govern responsibly & quickly pass our plan to end the irresponsible #trumpshutdown."

The House Democrats plan to end the shutdown, with two bills that were announced Monday -- not including $5 billion for border wall funding, which the White House has already said is a "non-starter."