Donald Trump said Friday he could keep parts of the government shut down for “months or even years” as he and Democratic leaders failed in a closed-door meeting to resolve his demand for billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico.
The standoff also prompted economic jitters and anxiety among some in Trump’s own party. But he appeared in the Rose Garden to frame the upcoming weekend talks as progress.
Trump said he could declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval, but would first try a “negotiated process.”
Trump said the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay would want him to “keep going” and fight for border security. Asked how people would manage without a financial safety net, he declared: “The safety net is going to be having a strong border because we’re going to be safe.”
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