The United States President Donald Trump has told Congressional leaders Friday that he will shut down the government for ‘months or even years’ if he does not get money for his border wall with Mexico and said he was ‘proud’ to do it because it’s the right thing. Trump’s threat was first disclosed by Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, during a news conference outside the White House.
He accused the president of holding federal workers ‘hostage’ for the wall and urged him to continue the conversation with the government open. The president confirmed the remarks as he addressed reporters in the Rose Garden. ‘I did. I did. I did say that. Absolutely, I said that. I don’t think it will, but I am prepared,’ Trump said at the beginning of a lengthy news conference. Trump claimed the meeting was ‘very, very productive,’ which was a stark contrast to the tone adopted by Democratic leaders, and said that he was setting up a working group led by Mike Pence, the vice president that would meet this weekend to discuss how to move forward on the shutdown.