Shutdown could last ‘months or even years’

(NBC News) — The government shutdown still shows no sign of ending after the president and congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting Friday no closer to a deal.

“We cannot resolve this until we open up government. We’ve made that clear to the president,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

“We told the president we needed the government open,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer added. “He resisted. In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time — months or even years.”

President Donald Trump insists a deal to reopen government must include five billion dollars in funding for a border wall, calling it “a matter of national security.”

The president also suggested to reporters in the White House Rose Garden that if Congress doesn’t act he can declare a national emergency and have the military build the wall.

If you missed the lives special report as the president gave remarks after the meeting, you can watch in the embedded video below.

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