Washington (CNN) - As the clock ticked toward a government shutdown last week, the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were at odds over whether President Barack Obama should sit down with congressional leaders.
According to a House Republican leadership aide, the White House and House Speaker John Boehner's office went back and forth over a time to meet to discuss averting a government shutdown – the plan was to meet this week, ahead of a Senate vote. The White House ended up nixing such a meeting, citing scheduling issues.
But the House Republican leadership aide, along with a Democratic source, said the meeting was killed after Reid questioned the optics of such a sit-down, and said he would not attend. Reid reasoned that if the White House really wanted to play hardball with Boehner, they shouldn't invite him for a meeting.
Aides at the White House were divided – some said the president should convene a meeting to show he's engaged, while others disagreed.
The White House has not yet commented on the back-and-forth with Reid.
During Monday's gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama was "likely" to meet with congressional leaders on a plan to avoid a government shutdown.