US President Donald Trump says he is willing to keep the government closed for a year or more unless Democrats agree to fund his border wall with Mexico.
Trump confirmed Friday he had made the threat during a meeting with Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, earlier in the day.
“Absolutely I said that,” Trump boasted to reporters, adding, “I don’t think it will. But I am prepared.”
“It’s very important that we have great border security,” he continued. “It will be over with sooner than people think. I will do whatever we have to do.”
Pelosi and Schumer described their meeting with Trump as contentious, saying they pleaded with him to reopen most of the government, while resolving the dispute over the wall, but he refused.
“He resisted,” said Schumer. “In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.”