Trump ready for US shutdown to last 'for years'
Trump insisted he would not sign any bill without wall funding, which Democrats adamantly oppose.
Around 800,000 federal workers have been without pay since December 22.
But then he acknowledged in response to a journalist's question that he had threatened to keep federal agencies closed for years if necessary.
"I did say that, absolutely I said that," said Trump in the executive mansion's Rose Garden. "I don't think it will but I am prepared."
"I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing," the president added. "I don't call it a shutdown, I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and safety of our country."
"I may do it. We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly. That's another way of doing it."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday's meeting had been "contentious".
"In fact he said he'd keep the government closed for a very long period of time. Months or even years."
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