Tomorrow begins the third week of the partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for full border wall funding, and it could last significantly longer: Trump said on Friday that he is willing to ride it out for months, or even years.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that during a contentious and nearly two-hour meeting inside the White House situation room, Democrats told Trump: “We needed the government open.”
“He resisted,” Schumer said. “In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.”
Addressing reporters a short time later in the Rose Garden, Trump confirmed that he’d suggested the shutdown could last for years — although he said he hoped it wouldn’t.
Though Trump also said he felt the meeting was productive, he did not let up on insisting that the full $5 billion for his border wall be provided.
“The southern border is a dangerous horrible disaster,” Trump said. And contrary to Democrats’ demands, he said the government would stay shut down until the issue was resolved.
“We won’t be opening it until it’s solved,” Trump said.