Just days after Ann Coulter predicted President Trump would give in, he seems to be proving her wrong. The President met with Chuck Schumer and sent a very clear message: No wall funding, no government.
The President made it clear that the government may remain shut down for “months or even years.”
New York Times has more:
Mr. Trump and Democratic leaders emerged from a two-hour meeting without a deal to reopen government agencies that have already been shuttered for 14 days and offered sharply contrasting views of where they stood. Democrats called the meeting “contentious” while the president and Republican allies called it “productive.”
The president said he invited Democrats to send negotiators to meet over the weekend with three of his top advisers to negotiate a deal to strengthen security along the border. Democrats told reporters after the meeting that they implored the president to first reopen the government so they could negotiate without holding federal operations and employees hostage.
“We told the president we needed the government open,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, told reporters outside the White House. “He resisted. In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.”
Appearing in the Rose Garden later, Mr. Trump confirmed that he said that. “I did. I did. Absolutely I said that,” he said. “I don’t think it will, but I am prepared.”