‘Could be a while’: Trump refuses to budge in shutdown standoff

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

2 Jan, 2019

As garbage piles up in Washington, DC due to government shutdown, US President Donald Trump said he’s prepared to wait ‘as long as it takes’ for border wall funding. The Democrats have sworn he will ‘never’ get any of it.
In his first Cabinet meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, Trump insisted that the US needs “a physical barrier” on the border with Mexico, which he described as leaking “like a sieve.”

Trump said he is willing to keep the government shut down for “as long as it takes,” noting it “could be a long time.”

“It’s too important a subject to walk away from it,” he said.

“We are in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund border security,” Trump said, referring to the Senate minority filibustering a proposal passed in the House last month that would have given $5.6 billion in funding to building the wall as part of a border security package.

The new Congress will gavel into session on Thursday, with Democrats taking over the majority in the House of Representatives. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has sworn that Trump will “never” get money for the wall, while the most likely new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) repeatedly denounced Trump’s wall as “immoral, ineffective and expensive.”

Trump has countered by arguing that the wheel is an ancient technology as well, pointing out that if walls didn’t work, former President Barack Obama wouldn’t have one around his home. He also dismissed Democrat arguments for a more high-tech solution as not enough.

“The wheel, the wall, some things never get old,” he said on Wednesday.

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