During a Rose Garden news conference Friday, President Donald Trump confirmed that he told Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that he was willing to keep the government shut down for “months or even years” if Congress did not give him the funding he wanted for his border wall. . .
After a meeting with Trump on Friday morning, Schumer told reporters, “He said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time … months or even years. It’s very hard to see how progress will be made unless they open up the government.”
During the news conference, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett asked the president if he had actually told Schumer that he was willing to keep the government shut down for “months or even a year or longer.”
“I did. I did,” Trump quickly responded. “Border security — I did say that. I absolutely said that. I don’t think it will, but I am prepared, and I think I can speak for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate. They feel very strongly about having a safe country, having a border that makes sense. Without borders, I’ve said it many times, you don’t have a country. I hope it doesn’t go on even beyond a few more days. It really could open very quickly.”
When asked if he said he would keep the government closed for a "very long period of time, months or even years," as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed, President Trump said "absolutely" pic.twitter.com/TD5B3syAuv
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