Trump says 'prepared' to force shutdown for more than a year
Washington, Jan 4 (AFP) President Donald Trump said Friday he was prepared to keep the US government closed for a year or more, as he stood firm on his contentious demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico.
Trump confirmed he said as much in a meeting earlier Friday with top Democrats that failed to produce a deal on ending the two-week shutdown.
"Absolutely I said that," Trump said, 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."
"Many of those people, most of those people, that really have not been and will not be getting their money in at this moment, those people in many cases are the biggest fan of what we're doing," he added.
Incoming House leader Nancy Pelosi has described the wall as an "immorality" while once again flatly rejecting Trump's insistence on $5.6 billion for the southern barrier.
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