This is fantastic and very smart politics. Who do you think cares more about the government shutdown, Democrats or Trump? He can outlast them on this, even if it goes on for months and months.
FOX News reports:
Trump warns shutdown could last ‘years,’ says he may declare ‘national emergency’ to build border wall
President Trump stood firm Friday on his demands for a border wall after the second White House meeting with congressional leaders this week broke up with no apparent deal, warning Democrats the partial government shutdown could last “years” and saying he could even declare a “national emergency” to bypass Congress if necessary.
“We can call a national emergency [to build a border wall] because of the security of our country,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden, during a lengthy and impromptu press conference.
“I may do it,” he said, before adding, “If we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving it a shot.”
The press conference underscored how far apart both sides are, even as Trump called the meeting “productive” and suggested the standoff could end soon — or not. He indicated he was not shifting on his demand for more than $5 billion for funding for a wall on the southern border, saying it was necessary as the border is a “dangerous, horrible disaster.”
Here’s a video:
.@MajorCBS: According to @SenSchumer, you said in the meeting the shutdown could go on for months, or even a year or longer. Did you say that? @POTUS: I did, I did. Absolutely I said that. https://t.co/YYa34PeSTf pic.twitter.com/au9HLASOQc
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 4, 2019
Leave the government shut down. It won’t bother most people.