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Trump says shutdown could go for 'years'

The partial shutdown enters week 3

January 05, 2019 - 11:36 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has declared he could keep parts of the government shut down for "months or even years" after he and Democratic leaders again failed to resolve his demand for billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico.

They did agree to a new round of weekend talks between staff members and White House officials.

Trump met in the White House Situation Room with congressional leaders from both parties as the shutdown hit the two-week mark amid an impasse over his wall demands. Democrats emerged from meeting, which both sides said was contentious at times, to report little if any progress.

Trump says he could declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval, but would first try a "negotiated process."


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