Trump ‘Very Proud’ to Stand Firm on ‘No Wall, No Deal’ Even If It Takes ‘Years’: ‘Absolutely, I Said That’

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During a whirlwind press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, President Donald Trump insisted he is prepared to keep the government shut down for “years” if that’s what it takes to get Democrats on board with funding his proposed border wall following a “productive” but “contentious” meeting with Democrat leaders.

“Absolutely, I said that,” the president responded when asked if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was correct in claiming he had warned of a prolonged shutdown. “I don’t think it will, but I am prepared. I hope it doesn’t go on even before a few more days. It really could open very quickly.”

Watch both Schumer and Trump’s comments below:

After confirming he would keep the shutdown going until Congressional Democrats decide to get tough on border security, the president was asked if he is still “proud” of the ordeal.

“I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing,” he quickly shot back. “I don’t call it a shutdown. I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and safety of our country.”

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President Trump’s remarks to the press follow his “very, very productive meeting” with Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in hopes of working out a deal to reopen the government, which has been partially closed for nearly two weeks after Congress failed to pass a spending bill with $5 billion in border wall funding.

His words echoed those of Vice President Mike Pence in an interview on Thursday night, during which he laid it out plain and simple: “No wall, no deal.”

With the president hoping to keep one of his biggest campaign promises and Democratic leaders sticking to their guns, the lawmakers and Trump administration failed to strike a deal. The shutdown continues in the meantime.

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Sam Dorman
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This seems a little extreme. He must really be feeling pressure from his base.

Rocky Drummond
Member

It’s just hyperbole. He knows time is not on his side.

McConnell could end this today, but he said that won’t, so make sure that you hold him co-responsible, too.

I. Chin
Member

As co-responsible as the Dims. It takes two sides to negotiate and he’s doing so from the position of strength.

Rocky Drummond
Member

Let this play out before you determine who actually had strengths.

I. Chin
Member

I disagree. Any pressure from his base is to build the wall. (as simplistic a solution as that is).

What it does show is the Dims unwillingness to approach anything he wants AND their contrariness to anything representing border security. Yes, they use that term, but they never say what they actually mean by it.

Again, it’s not just barriers to crossing, it’s denying incentives to try. THAT’S what everyone is forgetting in this obsession with the wall.

I. Chin
Member

I’d settle for real bullets, mines, and ZERO benefits for non-citizens. Death with no freebies is a YUGE disincentive. Also make eVerify the single source AND back it with teeth.

Rocky Drummond
Member

“President Donald Trump insisted he is prepared to keep the government shut down for “years”

Try saying that to the 800K faces of employees that have bills to pay. It will be days, not years.

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