Trump threatened to keep the government closed for ‘months or even years’

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Trump: I did say I’m prepared for shutdown to go on for years from CNBC.

Democrats emerge from a meeting at the White House showing little optimism about ending a government shutdown.


From CNBC:

Democrats emerged from what they called a “contentious” two-hour meeting at the White House on Friday showing little optimism about ending a partial government shutdown.

Bipartisan congressional leaders huddled with President Donald Trump as they try to break an impasse over the president’s demand for $5 billion to build his proposed border wall. The president threatened to keep nine U.S. departments closed “for a very long period of time — months or even years” — until he gets the funding, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

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In comments delivered later Friday from the White House Rose Garden, Trump described the meeting as “very productive.” He said that he had designated a group to advance talks over the weekend.

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Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both said they urged Republicans to temporarily reopen the government while they seek a solution on border security. On Thursday night, House Democrats passed legislation to fund eight closed departments through Sept. 30, and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8…

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