Donald Trump says 'prepared' to force shutdown for more than a year

Donald Trump says 'prepared' to force shutdown for more than a year

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he was prepared to keep the US government closed for a year or more on the contentious issue of the border wall in Mexico.

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., meanwhile, announced that he was introducing articles of impeachment against Trump, whom he accused of obstructing justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017, among other alleged misdeeds.

President Trump has sought $5 billion for a wall - which he has said can be a fence made of steel-slats, in a symbolic climbdown to signal flexibility - but Democrats were willing to allow him only $1.3 billion, to be used for boosting security along the border, but not for the wall.

"I don't establish any language standard for my colleagues, but I don't think it's any worse than what the president has said", Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC. Both the House and Senate adjourned Friday until Tuesday, meaning the closure will carry into next week unless lawmakers agree to a swift compromise. "I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and the safety of our country".

"I may do it. If we have to stay out for a very long time, we're going to do that". "That's another way of doing it".

In comments delivered from the White House Rose Garden, Trump painted a different picture from Democrats about a two-hour meeting that took place between the president and top Democrats.

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. For the first time in USA history, a government shutdown - the fourth-longest on record already - has stretched from one Congress into the next. "Months or even years".

But Democratic congressional leaders characterized the White House meeting differently.

Manwhile, Democratic sentiment against Trump was voiced loudly on Thursday as they took over the House at the 116th congress session.

If that's the case, the question becomes why he doesn't go ahead and do that.




The answer is because the solution isn't that simple.

"We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country", he said.

But as the new Congress convened on Thursday, several rank-and-file members were vocal about the prospect of removing Trump from office.

"Asserting this authority to build a wasteful wall is legally dubious and would invite a legal challenge from Congress".

The president's latest suggestions are best viewed as simply another attempt to gain the upper hand in negotiations with Democrats.

"We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report", she told NBC's Today on Thursday, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and Russian Federation.

FILE - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is surrounded by reporters as he returns from meeting with President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders at the White House, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 2, 2019.

The House of Representatives passed two stopgap measures aimed at reopening the government without providing funding for the wall.

Maine Senator Susan Collins echoed this view, suggesting the president should sign the agreed upon spending bills first so federal employees could get back to work.

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