Trump threat­ens years­long govt shut­down

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WASHINGTON - Pres i dent Don­ald Trump threat­ened to keep the US gov­ern­ment par­tially shut for months or years on Fri­day af­ter he and Demo­cratic lead­ers failed to re­solve their dis­pute over Trump’s re­quest for $5.6 bil­lion (4.4 bil­lion pounds) to build a wall on the Mex­i­can bor­der.

Af­ter Demo­cratic con­gres­sional lead­ers re­fused Trump’s re­quests at a meet­ing in the White House Si­t­u­a­tion Room, the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent threat­ened to take the con­tro­ver­sial step of declar­ing a na­tional emer­gency and build­ing the wall with­out con­gres­sional ap­proval.

Trump is with­hold­ing his sup­port for a bill that would fully fund the gov­ern­ment un­til he se­cures money for the wall. As a re­sult, around 800 000 pub­lic work­ers have been un­paid, with about a quar­ter of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment closed for two weeks.

Se­nate Demo­cratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats had told Trump dur­ing the meet­ing to end the shut­down. “He re­sisted,” Schumer said. “In fact, he said he’d keep the gov­ern­ment closed for a very long pe­riod of time, months or even years.”

Trump con­firmed that com­ment but painted a more pos­i­tive pic­ture of the meet­ing, the first since a new era of di­vided gov­ern­ment be­gan when Democrats t ook con­trol of t he House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Thurs­day.

“We had a very, very pro­duc­tive meet­ing, and we’ve come a long way,” Trump said.

Ac­cord­ing to a source fa­mil­iar with the White House dis­cus­sion, Trump opened the meet­ing with a speech that lasted at least 15 min­utes in which he in­sisted on the need for bil­lions of dol­lars to fund a bor­der wall.

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