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.
Breaking News: President Trump threatened to keep the government shut down for “months or even years,” said Senator Chuck Schumer after a contentious meeting https://t.co/XdjLavZ5kQ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 4, 2019
Chuck Schumer: “We told the president we needed the government open. He resisted. In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time. Months or even years.” Via ABC pic.twitter.com/5XYOoXH8mo
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 4, 2019