Government shutdown could last for years, says Trump

Government shutdown could last for years, says Trump


We just completed a lengthy
and sometimes contentious conversation with
the president. We agreed that we will
continue our conversations but we all recogn … We recognise on the
Democratic side that we really cannot resolve this
until we open up government and we made that very
clear to the president. So 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. The discussion then … We discussed a bunch of issues,
as the leader said, that were somewhat
contentious and we’ll continue discussing,
of course, but it’s very hard to see how progress will be made
unless they up the open government. – This is him quoting you,
I just want to check, – that the shutdown could
go on for months or even a year – or longer. Did you say that? I did. I did. – Is that your assessment
of where we are? I did say that.
Absolutely, I said that. I don’t think it will
but I am prepared and I think I can speak
for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate,
they feel very strongly about having a safe country,
having a border that makes sense. Without borders, I’ve said it many
times, we don’t have a country. – Have you considered using
emergency powers – to grant yourself authorities
to build this wall – without Congressional approval
and second on Mexico … Yes, I have. – You have? Yes, I have and I can
do it if I want. – So, you don’t need Congressional
approval to build the wall? No, we can use a …
Absolutely, we can call a national emergency because
of the security of our country. Absolutely.
No, we can do it. I haven’t done it.
I may do it. I may do it
but we can call a national emergency
and build it very quickly and it’s another way
of doing it but, if we can do it through
a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot. – So is that a threat
hanging over the Democrats? I never threaten anybody
but I am allowed to do that, yes. – Second question … It’s called a national emergency.